Administrator search results in offer from Greenfield

After losing its city administrator, Kathryn McCullum, late in 2013, the Greenfield City Council hired an interim administrator and began the search for a permanent candidate.

Applicants were reviewed by the city’s Employee Review Committee, and two top candidates were interviewed by council members, and by the council as a whole Friday, Jan. 31.

Interviews were conducted in two half hour sessions, and residents were allowed to ask questions of the candidates.

The council discussed how to proceed, and acknowledged that both finalists — Dale Powers and Bonnie Ritter — appeared capable of holding the position. After further deliberation, the council approved a motion to offer the position to Ritter.

Ritter is a three year resident of Greenfield and has worked for the city of Mound.

In other news, action items regarding a development project and the city’s enterprise fund were addressed at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting.

RIVERBEND

Approval of a final plat was made by the council, unanimously, after discussion and review of several documents including final draft documents, a developer’s agreement and wildlife guidelines pertaining to Bald Eagles. M&D Development Co. plans to subdivide a lot in the Riverbend Estates development, currently 49.13 acres, into six separate lots varying in size from 3.1 to 22 acres (average size of 8.19 acres). The project received preliminary approval in November and a final plat application was made in December.

The council was in consensus about moving this project forward. Councilor Chuck Alcon had modifications for the Developer’s Agreement that referenced, among some other minor points, the letter of credit, escrow amounts and the city’s role in the recording procedure.

At one point in the discussion, Councilor Tom Cook told the council that he was not aware that it was the job of council to negotiate the developer’s agreement, referring specifically to the reduction of fees the city is requiring prior to project start and completion. He did acknowledge that Alcon, having been a developer in the area, brought expertise to the discussion that was beneficial. He suggested some kind of template for agreements be devised going forward. He suggested the city’s professional staff and administrator work together to this end.

The council took Alcon’s suggestions under advisement prior to action.

 

ENTERPRISE FUNDS

The council’s Finance Committee members, Councilors Alcon and Mark Holten were asked to review the city’s Enterprise Funds budgets and fees. These recommendations were made to the council:

• Lake Sarah Sewer Fund: Adopt a monthly fee reduction from $66 to $41.50.

• Industrial Park Water Fund: Leave water rates steady.

• Industrial Park Sewer Fund: Increase fee for residential users by 5%, 11% for commercial users.

In all cases, revenue generated is expected to cover operating costs and unanticipated repairs and help each fund maintain a balance equal to one year of replacement costs of all operating components to cover potential equipment repair and unanticipated costs.

It was also proposed that the council authorize a transfer of funds from the Industrial Park Water fund to the sewer fund to decrease the deficit in that fund. The water fund would continue to meet the criteria above follow the fund transfer.

The council approved the fee proposals and fund transfer.

Councilor Holten recognized Kelly Daleiden of Veolia for her input in preparing the fee proposals as well as the city’s interim administrator, Susan Hoyt.

Councilor Alcon noted that Veolia had come in on time and budget on the tank replacement project on Lake Sarah. Daleiden told the council that the cooperation of residents was excellent and contributed to the outcome.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Greenfield City Council is Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Dr.

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