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Lowell hires Munster’s town planner for part-time work

Updated: March 18, 2012 8:12AM



LOWELL — Munster’s town planner will be providing part-time planning and zoning services for the town.

Monday the Lowell Town Council approved a contract with James Mandon to provide consulting services to the Town Council, Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals at a rate of $55 an hour.

Town Council President Phillip Kuiper said he expects Mandon will work between approximately 15 and 20 hours a month depending on what work may exist.

“There are a couple of other towns he does this for on a part-time basis,” Kuiper said.

Mandon will perform some of the planning and zoning duties that were the responsibility of Wilbur Cox, the former community development director. A split Town Council in January did not renew Cox’s contract as a cost-saving measure. At the time officials said a general lack of economic development could not justify the position. Cox’s salary was about $75,000 a year.

“Not all of what (Cox) did was planning,” Kuiper said. Mandon will only take on the planning and zoning duties. Inspections and permitting is being handled by other staff members.

Hiring Mandon will help the town keep up to date with some projects such as a possible medical center, and assist the Plan Commission and BZA if additional projects materialize.



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