City of Quincy to hire a deputy city administrator
In anticipation of the retirement of City Administrator Tim Snead, the Quincy City Council on Nov. 6 OK’d the creation of a deputy city administrator position.
At the regular meeting of the Quincy City Council on Nov. 6, Snead announced the forecast date of his retirement as June 2019. Council member David Durfee was absent from the meeting.
Starting off the meeting, Harriet Weber, representing the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum, stood during the public comment period and commended the city Public Works Department and Police Department for their reaction to a break-in at the Quincy Heritage Park.
That was followed by presentation of a service award for Officer Sal Mancini by Mayor Paul Worley, and then the oath of office for a new police officer administered by Chief Kieth Siebert. The new officer is Damon Powell, who worked for Ephrata Police Department for 12 years, Siebert said. Powell started on the job in Quincy on Nov. 1.
There were no public comments or questions during two public hearings, the first for the ad valorem tax under consideration, which would amount to about $4.3 million, and the second on the 2019 preliminary budget. Copies of the preliminary budget will be available in about a week.
Finance Officer/City Clerk Nancy Schanze, in giving background for the hearing on the 2019 budget, said that because of an expected increase in the city’s costs, next year’s budget forecasts a 2 percent increase in rates the city charges residents for garbage service. Snead added that the city cannot use funds from other sources to pay for trash service; it has to be covered by the trash fees the city charges.
Then, in rapid succession, council members authorized an agreement to provide funding at $4 per city resident to the Grant County Health Department. The proposal in the motion was for $2 per resident, but the council has made it $4 before. Then the council approved a motion for a contracted increase for Consolidated Disposal Services Inc. for trash service that will cost the city about $30,000 in 2019.
Moving on to the motion to create a position of assistant city administrator, Snead said it would not be a good idea to bring someone in “cold turkey” when he retires, “because there is just a lot going on in this little town.”
The proposal would get someone on board in early 2019, a few months before Snead’s departure. The motion made was for a deputy city administrator, though the printed motion called the position an assistant city administrator.
Next were changes in leadership at the Quincy Animal Shelter. Issela Navarro has been chosen to be the new manager, and the council approved the move. It then approved a motion to hire a new full-time assistant at the animal shelter – the position that Navarro had and will vacate.
In other council business, the repair of a loader was approved, at a cost up to $15,500; a payment for construction of the new City Hall was approved in the amount of about $405,000 to DGR Grant Construction Inc.; and another payment to DGR Construction, of about $765,000, for the Public Safety Facility was approved.
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com