Greenfield City Administrator McCullum resigns

Council to hire interim candidate

The Greenfield City Council, at its Nov. 19 meeting, accepted the resignation of Greenfield City Administrator Kathryne McCullum, with a Dec. 6 effective date. McCullum has been with the city for five years, three of them as administrator.

Councilor Mike Erickson called McCullum a welcome friend to the city and extremely devoted, one who has the most city knowledge on staff and someone who cares immensely about Greenfield.

“I will not be able to vote to accept (the resignation),” Erickson said, “because I do not think it is in the long-term interest of the city to do so.”

Greenfield City Mayor Brad Johnson said that he had interviewed McCullum while he was the city’s administrator and chose her for a position with the city, adding that she’d done a great job of organizing things.

The remaining council members added that she was a valuable asset to the city, a pleasure to work with, someone who could get results and that her service was appreciated.

The council voted 4-1 to accept McCullum’s resignation with Erickson voicing his opposition.

The next step in the process is to hire an interim administrator. The employee review committee already has a list of potential interim candidates who resided in close proximity of Greenfield and may interview interested parties on Dec. 3 if not before.

Staff will post the vacancy and advertise on the League of Minnesota’s website, as well as the city’s, for candidates for the administrator’s position immediately and will allow applicants 30 days to respond.

Councilor Mark Holten asked if this might be the time to take a close look at the job duties of the administrator to see if the distribution of work needed to be changed in any way. Something like transcribing the taped meetings into minutes, he suggested, might be a time-consuming duty that could be handled by someone other than the administrator.

Johnson agreed and encouraged the Employee Review Committee to meet with McCullum for her input.

In other council business, Councilor Chuck Alcon proposed asking the city engineer to prepare a cost estimate of what it would take to do an analysis of the capacity of the Lake Sarah Sewer Line. This is follow-up from a previous council discussion over the possibility of additional hookups to the system and how they should be identified or approved.

Before getting into how many connections the city needs or wants, Alcon explained, the capacity needs to be known, assuming the pipe stays the same size with no additional lift stations. There are other factors to consider as well, including how neighboring community’s lines will come in and what their expected capacity will be, something Alcon said should be addressed in the analysis.

The council agreed that an estimate for an analysis by the engineer was information it needed to move forward on this issue. No formal action was taken.

The council will refer a suggestion made by Alcon to truncate large parcels of land to minimize survey costs and paperwork for residents building homes to the city planner and the planning commission. This proposal is intended for a new home or accessory building on an existing parcel of some size that meets setbacks and field requirements, and not for subdividing lots for development.

The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6390 Town Hall Drive. A truth-in-taxation hearing will be held during  this meeting.