city council – Destination Caribbean http://destinationcaribbean.net/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 09:26:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://destinationcaribbean.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png city council – Destination Caribbean http://destinationcaribbean.net/ 32 32 City nixes Corps Yard as possible SOS location https://destinationcaribbean.net/city-nixes-corps-yard-as-possible-sos-location/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 01:26:25 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/city-nixes-corps-yard-as-possible-sos-location/ The Sonoma City Council met on Wednesday to discuss a proposed relocation of Sonoma Overnight Support’s secure parking program, but came away with more questions than answers about the future of homeless services in the city. ‘non-profit organisation. “We are now approaching a month and a half to find a way to move the secure […]]]>

The Sonoma City Council met on Wednesday to discuss a proposed relocation of Sonoma Overnight Support’s secure parking program, but came away with more questions than answers about the future of homeless services in the city. ‘non-profit organisation.

“We are now approaching a month and a half to find a way to move the secure parking lot off the lot next to the Field of Dreams,” visibly frustrated council member Bob Felder said of the impending deadline for terminate the program at its current level. location near playgrounds for young people.

In December, the council extended the secure parking program permit at 175 First St. W. through April 1, rather than the requested six-month Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS) extension.

The nonprofit hosts the program nightly in the city parking lot, allowing people living in their cars to park safely from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. But the land is shared by the Sonoma Police Department, City Council chambers, and Field of Dreams. sports fields for young people, as well as the Haven – the main headquarters of SOS where showers and laundry services are also accessible.

Some residents and officials have urged the city to move SOS services, saying its programs for the homeless are incompatible with a location also for children’s sports. In December, the council extended the SOS secure parking program through the end of March, but instructed city staff and SOS officials to seek a new location for services beyond that.

SOS executive director Kathy King stressed that a suitable location should include space to provide the nonprofit’s full services – showers, laundry and access to meals and public transport. Currently, SOS’s meal service operates at Springs Community Hall, 18627 Highway 12, while other services are offered at The Haven. Additionally, King said the Haven served as the office of five SOS staff.

On February 2, the council set a goal of moving SOS, and possibly the Haven’s trio of modular buildings, either into the city-owned company yard on East Eighth Street or into the layout parking operations plaza at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building parking lot at 126 First St. W.

According to city staff, moving the three Haven units — complete with a new foundation, sewer, water and electrical hookups — would cost about $793,000.

City staff also explored the possibility of renting trailers to provide washrooms, laundry and showers. The initial setup — including water and electrical hookups and ensuring ADA compliance — would cost around $247,000. The cost of renting each trailer is about $19,000 per month, according to the staff report.

All five members of the city council agreed that the company court was prohibitively expensive.

“I thought that might be a good idea,” Vice Mayor Kelso Barnett said of his initial support for the Eight Street East location. “But I’m obviously compelled by the analysis that that’s not the case.”

As for the county-owned Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, Acting City Manager Sue Casey said staff have yet to hire county officials, or veterans’ representatives who help operate the building. facility, regarding hosting the parking program on its land.

Barnett was dubious of the vet building as a solution to the parking lot program, as he always left Haven services near the Field of Dreams. “I think we should put all of our energies into finding a new location,” Barnett said.

Council member Felder, however, requested further exploration of the vets building parking lot as a temporary solution.

“If we just keep postponing it until we find the perfect fit somewhere, we’re going to explode quickly on April 1 and be in the same position where we’re going to expand and expand and expand (the program at its current location ) and never go anywhere,” Felder said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Fred Allebach said SOS’s current location in the shared parking lot may ultimately prove to be the most suitable. Allebach said fears of increased crime due to the Safe Parking program are a straw man argument.

“The crime rate there is no higher than anywhere else in town,” Allebach said. “But this is the pretext for which SOS must be moved. The problem of compatibility with the crime is simply not there.

Allebach urged the council to expand the secure parking program on the city’s shared land and amend the Haven’s SOS permit to allow for other wraparound services.

Ultimately, the council directed Casey and city staff to return at a future meeting with information on the viability of the Veterans Memorial Building lot as a temporary location for the parking program.

Barnett asked city staff to “facilitate and even take the lead” in finding a suitable location. “I think we need to do more,” he said.

Councilor Madolyn Agrimonti enlisted community volunteers to help find a new location. “Somewhere there has to be a solution,” she said.

Email Jason Walsh at Jason.walsh@sonomanews.com.

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Clawson residents invited to meet latest city leadership candidates – Daily Tribune https://destinationcaribbean.net/clawson-residents-invited-to-meet-latest-city-leadership-candidates-daily-tribune/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 18:10:40 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/clawson-residents-invited-to-meet-latest-city-leadership-candidates-daily-tribune/ After a search for a new city manager in Clawson, city officials narrowed the field to three final candidates. Clawson is hosting an event for residents to meet the candidates at 5:30 p.m. Monday before the city council conducts its final interviews with candidates for city manager. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping we […]]]>

After a search for a new city manager in Clawson, city officials narrowed the field to three final candidates.

Clawson is hosting an event for residents to meet the candidates at 5:30 p.m. Monday before the city council conducts its final interviews with candidates for city manager.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping we can find someone positive and be the glue that helps keep Clawson together,” Mayor Paula Millan said.

Clawson has gone through several city managers and interim managers over the past five years, had a split five-member city council, and is in its third mayor in less than five years.

“From a resident’s perspective, you want to know you have stability,” said Millan, who was elected mayor in November, “and hopefully that’s what we get with a new city manager.”

Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello has served as acting city manager since former city manager Michael Smith was sacked in a split council vote last August.

The current city manager candidates are Justin Lakamper, village manager of Edmore in Montcalm County; Wayne O’Neal, former city manager of Fraser in Macomb County; and Joseph Rheker, former city manager of Harper Woods in Wayne County.

Working with a national consulting firm, GovHR, council members narrowed a field of about a dozen candidates to five candidates and then shortlisted the final three.

Lakamper, O’Neal and Rheker will be available for an informal meeting with residents and city employees from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, 425 N. Main Street.

Comment and question cards will be made available to the public should they wish to offer opinions or suggested questions to council when members begin final interviews of individual candidates at the public council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Millan said the city council hasn’t set a deadline for hiring a new city manager, but suggested it could happen on Monday.

“If we reach a consensus, we could do it immediately,” she said.

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Mountain Village hires Paul Wisor as manager | News https://destinationcaribbean.net/mountain-village-hires-paul-wisor-as-manager-news/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 01:55:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/mountain-village-hires-paul-wisor-as-manager-news/ Paul Wisor joined Mountain Village as City Attorney in September 2020, at a time during the pandemic when virtually everything had come to a standstill and everyone had moved on to a new way of life. He didn’t have much luck meeting the members of the community he served. Now, nearly two years later, Wisor […]]]>

Paul Wisor joined Mountain Village as City Attorney in September 2020, at a time during the pandemic when virtually everything had come to a standstill and everyone had moved on to a new way of life. He didn’t have much luck meeting the members of the community he served. Now, nearly two years later, Wisor has been named the new city manager, having served in an interim role when former city manager Kim Montgomery retired in September 2021.

The Mountain Village City Council unanimously decided to officially hire Wisor as City Manager at last week’s regular meeting. Council members praised Wisor for his work since taking over as acting city manager. Likewise, Wisor said the current board is the best he has had the opportunity to work with in his career.

“When you consider the opportunity to work with an incredibly sophisticated city council and equally fantastic staff in one of the nation’s premier communities, the position of City Manager for the Town of Mountain Village is one of the best jobs in the world. Colorado,” Wisor said in a press release announcing his official hire.

Wisor’s legal practice previously focused on public finance, land use rights, real estate development and advising a wide range of government entities such as municipalities, counties, school districts and special districts.

He looks forward to getting to know the community better at a monthly Coffee With the Town Manager event at Telluride Coffee Company, which takes place on the last Wednesday of each month. This month’s meeting is Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“When I first joined the Town of Mountain Village, Town Hall was closed due to COVID, so I went several months without meeting staff or community members in person. Once City Hall opened, I obviously started to develop a relationship with the staff, but, let’s be honest, there are few members of the public who are interested in knowing about the City Attorney,” he said. . “As a result, I feel the need to get to know the members of the Mountain Village community better. I had one-on-one meetings with many residents and started hosting monthly coffee events with the General Manager. When I meet with members of the community, I think they benefit because I am able to answer their questions, or at least begin the process of addressing their concerns. However, I think I benefit even more from these conversations because our community members all have great suggestions for improving the city and the community.

Given his ongoing work with the city, Wisor was able to transition seamlessly into the role of manager at a time when the board was focused on important initiatives such as the Global Plan Amendment process.

“When the mayor appointed me acting city manager, I felt that the city council had already established a number of priorities that needed to be aggressively pursued, and that it was not in the interest of the city to have a caretaker in the interim role.. The city needed someone to continue to actively do the job. As a result, I don’t think there was one thing I felt I needed to do. the day I was appointed because there were already a lot of irons in the fire,” he said.

Council members also welcomed new city attorney David McConaughy and Lizbeth Lemley as chief financial officer at Thursday’s meeting.

“While the City faces hiring challenges every day, we are incredibly fortunate to have filled three of our key positions almost simultaneously with incredibly talented individuals with immense municipal experience,” said Mayor Laila Benitez. “With these hires, the city is well positioned to solidify the Town of Mountain Village’s place among the nation’s top resort communities.”

McConaughy has an extensive litigation and real estate practice, and is a recognized leader in the Aspen area and throughout Colorado in these areas. He is also the head of the Municipal Practice Group of Garfield & Hecht and is currently the City Attorney for Delta and the City Attorney for DeBeque and New Castle.

“I’ve loved the Telluride area since the early 1980s and lived in Ophir in the 1990s,” McConaughy said. “I have represented cities and towns in Colorado for more than 23 years, and I am thrilled and honored to be appointed as the city’s attorney to continue providing legal advice and defending Mountain Village.”

Lemley, who replaced Kevin Swain after his recent retirement, brings more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience to the city, having most recently served as Winter Park’s Director of Finance and Human Resources.

“During my 15 years in the Winter Park area, I have gained experience in the hospitality and property management industries which has given me a good understanding of the operations and challenges facing resort communities face,” Lemley said. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to join such an experienced and dedicated team during this exciting time of growth for the Town of Mountain Village. I look forward to working with Council, staff and the exceptional finance team as we help shape the future of this wonderful community.

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Genesis quits as Wichita Ice Center manager after complaints https://destinationcaribbean.net/genesis-quits-as-wichita-ice-center-manager-after-complaints/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:00:38 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/genesis-quits-as-wichita-ice-center-manager-after-complaints/ The City of Wichita plans to change the management of the Wichita Ice Center after thousands of people signed a protest petition against Genesis Health Clubs and owners Rodney and Brandon Steven. (January 14, 2022) Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle Genesis came out and Rink Management Service Corp. is back as manager of the Wichita […]]]>

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The City of Wichita plans to change the management of the Wichita Ice Center after thousands of people signed a protest petition against Genesis Health Clubs and owners Rodney and Brandon Steven. (January 14, 2022)

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Genesis came out and Rink Management Service Corp. is back as manager of the Wichita Ice Center.

The Wichita City Council took the action after hearing a parade of facility users with a litany of complaints about lack of maintenance and unpaid bills.

Genesis Health Clubs, owned by Rodney and Brandon Steven, has operated the ice center for more than 10 years in conjunction with a private health club the company has set up on the second floor.

“No one disputes that Genesis could run a health club, but that hasn’t been the case when it comes to center ice,” said longtime Wichita Figure Skating Club officer Jolene Taylor. “It has become clear to us over and over again that management only cares about the health club upstairs.”

She said this was exemplified by an incident in 2020 when the skating club was hosting a major cup figure skating competition, drawing teams from as far away as California.

“Two teams of about 20 skaters were kicked out of their warm-up room at Wichita Ice Center by Genesis management just so one person could take a yoga class,” she said. “This happened despite the fact that we had a contract that the space was going to be used for the event.”

Tony Ries, president of the Kansas Hockey Officials Association, said Genesis is slow to pay referees, even though the company collects the money directly from players through their organizations.

“Since Genesis took over, we’ve had payment issues with them,” he said. “Several times we were 60 days late. We’re not talking a few hundred dollars, we’re talking thousands of dollars. One time it was $12,000. I sent several emails and phone calls to Genesis’ CFO.

Those messages went unanswered, Ries said, so in response officials went on strike and games had to be called off.

A day later, Reese said, he finally had a meeting with the CFO.

“He said, ‘I don’t understand why you even need referees for ice hockey,'” Reese said. “That says something. . . The CFO of Genesis doesn’t understand why we need referees. These are the people who run this rink.

Opponents of Genesis have been backed by a petition, signed by 3,700 people, complaining about conditions at the rink.

Common user complaints include blown lights, rotting floors in the bench area, recurring issues with the Zamboni used to smooth the ice, and non-functioning dashboards.

Genesis did not send anyone to Tuesday’s meeting to defend its performance, although it was the only other bidder to win the contract.

The Steven brothers also own the Wichita Thunder minor league hockey team which practices at the center. The team is behind on payments for its ice time and the city is pursuing that debt, City Manager Robert Layton said.

The fate of the upstairs health club is unresolved. The city made an offer to allow Genesis to continue using the space, but got no response, Recreation and Parks Director Troy Houtman said.

Lou Lombardo, RMSC Regional Manager and former Wichita Ice Center Manager, is committed to maintaining close ties with user groups, including monthly meetings with the rink manager and quarterly visits from him.

The only dissenting vote on the change came from board member Jeff Blubaugh, who objected to a contract provision dealing with first-year operating losses.

From the second to the fifth year of the contract, any losses incurred by the establishment will be covered by RMSC’s monthly management fee of $6,500.

But the contract holds RMSC harmless this first year in recognition that the ice center will need substantial work to bring it up to expected standards, Houtman said.

Layton added that the city will receive monthly reports on expenses and revenues from the ice center to mitigate its financial risk in the first year and that it has the ability to quickly terminate the contract in the event of default.

This story was originally published January 18, 2022 11:36 a.m.

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Senior Reporter Dion Lefler has been providing award-winning coverage of local government, politics and business in Wichita for 20 years. Dion is from Los Angeles, where he worked for the LA Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News and other newspapers. He is the father of twins, director of lay servant ministries for the United Methodist Church, and plays second base for the Old Cowtown vintage baseball team.

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In special meeting, Alexandria city council appoints James Parajon as next city manager https://destinationcaribbean.net/in-special-meeting-alexandria-city-council-appoints-james-parajon-as-next-city-manager/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 22:03:26 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/in-special-meeting-alexandria-city-council-appoints-james-parajon-as-next-city-manager/ James Parajon (Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria) ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Alexandria City Council held a special meeting to announce James Parajon as the next city manager. The meeting was held both in the boardroom (located at 301 King Street) and electronically via video conference on Zoom. […]]]>
James Parajon (Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Alexandria City Council held a special meeting to announce James Parajon as the next city manager. The meeting was held both in the boardroom (located at 301 King Street) and electronically via video conference on Zoom.

Council began the meeting with an action to appoint a new city manager. Mayor Justin Wilson then addressed the community of Alexandria, thanking them for the comments received during the selection process. After expressing his gratitude, he formalized the appointment of Parajon

“With contributions through polls, town halls and review boards, city council sought to find a candidate who would reflect our values, and we found him in Jim Parajon. Wilson explained. “We look forward to working with Jim, the city staff and the Alexandrians to accomplish great things together. ”

Parajon was selected by a 5-1 vote. Last night he signed the official nomination papers. Parajon was previously deputy general manager in Arlington, Texas, and will take up his role on January 18, 2022.

“I want to thank the mayor and council for trusting me to lead this organization. Parajon said in remarks to city council and the public. He also thanked his wife for her support, as well as outgoing city manager Mark Jinks, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks has served the City of Alexandria since 2015. (Photo: City of Alexandria)
Mark B. Jinks (Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria)

Speaking directly to the community of Alexandria, Parajon expressed his enthusiasm and spoke of being an active and supportive city administrator.

“You’re going to see a lot of what I can do, what this organization can do to improve your life,” he said. “You will see a person of great responsibility and professionalism. I really like it here. I am really excited about this opportunity… I can’t wait to start the work I have to do.

To view the recording of the December 1 meeting and more, visit the official City of Alexandria website, where they have a list of recent and upcoming meetings. This list can be found HERE. Do you want to know more about Parajon and its journey? Read it Press release.

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New Albany to strengthen its core in 2022 https://destinationcaribbean.net/new-albany-to-strengthen-its-core-in-2022/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 16:40:59 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/new-albany-to-strengthen-its-core-in-2022/ Residents of New Albany who enjoy strolling in the great outdoors should happily welcome the coming year. The city will update the playgrounds to five neighborhood parks – Planters Grove, James River, Byington, North of Woods and Lambton – and the Phase I finish of Taylor Farm Park, which will include 3 miles of recreational […]]]>

Residents of New Albany who enjoy strolling in the great outdoors should happily welcome the coming year.

The city will update the playgrounds to five neighborhood parks – Planters Grove, James River, Byington, North of Woods and Lambton – and the Phase I finish of Taylor Farm Park, which will include 3 miles of recreational trails, a playground and a dedicated wetland section, said the city ​​manager Joe Stefanov.

New Albany will also add to its 55 miles of recreational trails and make connections in some areas, Stefanov said.

Several construction projects are also on the horizon, including the expansion of Market Street from Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road to East Dublin-Granville Road.

“This will hopefully help eliminate some congestion that occurs during peak hours of the day,” Stefanov said.

The second phase of reconstruction of the intersection of US Route 62 and National Route 161 will begin in 2022. The result will be additional lanes, installation of sidewalks and recreational trails, he said.

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The Corn Palace Festival will remain in the same location downtown, as moving north increases income https://destinationcaribbean.net/the-corn-palace-festival-will-remain-in-the-same-location-downtown-as-moving-north-increases-income/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 20:43:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/the-corn-palace-festival-will-remain-in-the-same-location-downtown-as-moving-north-increases-income/ Corn Palace manager Doug Greenway said the change of venue – which moved the carnival from its previous location on Main Street between First Avenue and Seventh Avenue north to between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue has resulted in an increase in attendance, revenue and overall attendance at the festival. With the change of venue […]]]>

Corn Palace manager Doug Greenway said the change of venue – which moved the carnival from its previous location on Main Street between First Avenue and Seventh Avenue north to between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue has resulted in an increase in attendance, revenue and overall attendance at the festival. With the change of venue being considered a success, the Corn Palace Entertainment Board recently voted to keep the festival in the same location for 2022.

“GoldStar Amusements’ contribution has also been taken, and they have seen their revenues increase in 2019 and 2021, indicating that the trend is on the rise,” Greenway said at Mitchell’s city council meeting on Monday. “The board felt that was a strong indicator to keep it in one place.”

The 2021 layout helped GoldStar Amusements – the carnival company hired by the city to organize the fairground rides and games – to generate $ 46,000 in revenue, marking an increase of about $ 10,000 from some of the years previous when the event was located along First Avenue at Seventh Avenue. After suffering a 50% drop in revenue during the 2020 carnival – something many city officials had anticipated since it was held at the height of the pandemic – Greenway said the sharp increase in revenue for this year’s festival l ‘had helped assess the success of the north change location.

As for the entire five-day festival, it generated just over $ 88,000 in revenue for the city, which Greenway said was higher than the numbers the city saw in 2017 and 2018 before the change of direction. ‘site. Greenway highlighted the “more central” layout as a key factor that led to the increase in income.

Scenes from the Corn Palace Festival on Thursday August 26, 2021 in downtown Mitchell.  (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)

Scenes from the Corn Palace Festival on Thursday August 26, 2021 in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)

“We think it has a lot to do with being centrally located so people don’t have to go that far to enjoy all the rides and games,” he said.

The list of musical artists who took to the Corn Palace stage during the carnival in late August also brought in around $ 108,000 in ticket sales. Greenway said alcohol sales from the three concerts were around $ 36,000.

After decades of hosting the festival from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue, former Corn Palace manager Scott Schmidt has offered to move the location in 2019 to the north end of Main Street, across from the Mitchell’s biggest tourist attraction. Schmidt said the main goals of the layout were to create a more “intimate” family environment, add more carnival rides and allow festival-goers to experience the Corn Palace experience.

Mayor Bob Everson was among those responsible for supporting the decision to attempt a Fifth Avenue test run from Ninth Avenue. Looking at the numbers, Everson said his support for the move north remained.

“I heard a lot of good things from people attending the carnival, and noticed that a lot of families with young children were particularly happy,” he said.

Although the change in location met with mixed reactions among some downtown business owners and city officials in 2019, Greenway said that a survey that recently interviewed large numbers of street entrepreneurs Main revealed strong support for the new location.

“We asked the director of Mitchell Main Street and Beyond to survey the downtown businesses that are members of the group because we wanted their advice. They approved the location, ”he said. “On a scale of 1 to 5, we saw an average of 3.4 in favor of keeping the same spot north of Main Street.”

Scenes from the Corn Palace Festival on Thursday August 26, 2021 in downtown Mitchell.  (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)

Scenes from the Corn Palace Festival on Thursday August 26, 2021 in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)

GoldStar Amusements added six new rides to the carnival in 2022, which Greenway said was due to the layout that freed up more large parking lots. As part of the previous configuration that stretched from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue, carnival rides and games were placed along Main Street, and food vendors occupied the part of downtown Mitchell in front of the Corn Palace.

The change of location also received support from Mitchell’s Department of Public Safety, Greenway said, noting that public safety officials said the location made it “easier to respond to emergencies.”

“They informed me that the condensed location made it a bit easier to find lost children,” said Greenway.

Going forward, Greenway said he and the Corn Palace board will review the location annually, which will involve input from downtown business owners, before signing the plan.

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Philomath gives a positive review to the city manager | Local https://destinationcaribbean.net/philomath-gives-a-positive-review-to-the-city-manager-local/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 04:05:02 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/philomath-gives-a-positive-review-to-the-city-manager-local/ Philomath’s top boss at City Hall, City Manager Chris Workman, received a positive review from City Council. The assessment was discussed at an executive session on November 8. Councilors used a process that looked at key performance indicators with respect to the city’s strategic plan to discuss the job performance of Workman, who has worked […]]]>

Philomath’s top boss at City Hall, City Manager Chris Workman, received a positive review from City Council.

The assessment was discussed at an executive session on November 8. Councilors used a process that looked at key performance indicators with respect to the city’s strategic plan to discuss the job performance of Workman, who has worked with the city since 2014.

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“Ultimately,” elected officials said in a statement issued by the city, “City Council is pleased to report that the city and our residents are in good hands with Chris Workman continuing to serve as City Manager.”

Councilors praised Workman’s ability to work with local members of the state legislature on what has become a $ 12 million grant that Philomath is using to help pay for a new processing plant. water and a new tank. The grant will allow the city to phase out its overhead fund costs and reduce water tariffs next year.

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Other key efforts identified by the board:

• Addition of an analysis of housing needs, an analysis of economic opportunities, an inventory of building land and a plan of the main streets to the overall city plan.

• Incorporate new design standards that will allow the city to undertake its downtown safety and streetscape project.

• Hired Steve Larrabee to replace longtime CFO Joan Swanson and hired Deputy City Manager Chelsea Starner to empower municipal staff.

• Plan and host a number of working groups and ad hoc committees to conclude the work mentioned above. The events, both virtual and hybrid, “were largely handled with grace and a welcoming spirit,” the council’s report said.

Areas where Workman needs to improve include better communications with the board, more timely public engagement, and better delegation of responsibility.

No increase in the cost of living or increase in merit pay was associated with the appraisal. City staff increases are typically processed during the spring budget cycle.

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Hollywood Park Council, Economic Development Corp. hold a joint meeting; time, place to be determined https://destinationcaribbean.net/hollywood-park-council-economic-development-corp-hold-a-joint-meeting-time-place-to-be-determined/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 22:48:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/hollywood-park-council-economic-development-corp-hold-a-joint-meeting-time-place-to-be-determined/ Hollywood Park City Council and members of the City’s Economic Development Corporation board of directors plan to hold a joint meeting to discuss philosophy and other issues regarding business development in the suburbs of North Side. (Courtesy of Google Streets) Members of Hollywood Park City Council and the Economic Development Corporation. the board plans to […]]]>

Hollywood Park City Council and members of the City’s Economic Development Corporation board of directors plan to hold a joint meeting to discuss philosophy and other issues regarding business development in the suburbs of North Side. (Courtesy of Google Streets)

Members of Hollywood Park City Council and the Economic Development Corporation. the board plans to have a joint meeting, preferably before the end of the year.

The purpose of the meeting, according to city leaders and EDC members, is to ensure that the two panels agree on local economic development issues.

At the time of this article’s publication, a date and time has yet to be confirmed for a joint EDC board and board meeting. City officials said the meeting will be held in the city hall council chamber at 2 Makkah Promenade and the meeting will be open to the public.

A joint meeting was a topic of discussion at the November 16 board meeting. City secretary Patrick Aten said that as a new EDC board has recently been put in place, this was a great opportunity for the board to decide what kind of eligible projects it would like to see proposed for EDC support.

Board member Sean Moore, who is also an EDC board member, said he would like to see projects and assets that directly support city services and, in turn, support Hollywood Park’s business. or help attract new businesses to the city.

“These should be opportunities to go with it,” Moore said of future joint board and EDC talks.

Moore also asked about vacancies in the city’s main shopping district along US 281 and what can be done to help encourage greater business occupancy.

Board member Debbie Trueman agreed that more emphasis should be placed on efforts to attract and retain businesses that can generate a consistent sales tax revenue stream.

Mayor Oscar Villarreal and board member Glenna Pearce both said they wanted to hear more directly from EDC’s board.

“It puts us on the same page. I think it will be very beneficial for EDC to go in a direction that benefits everyone, ”Villarreal said.

Tom Sims, who recently retired as chairman of the EDC board, endorsed Villarreal’s assessment at the EDC board meeting on November 18.

“It’s better if EDC and city council are on the same page,” he said.

Delaine Hall, board member and vice-chair of the board, EDC, said part of the joint discussion will help ensure that EDC develops projects that are more likely to garner board support.

“It saves us, on this side of the fence, a lot of time.” Hall said.

Meanwhile, EDC plans to host an event in spring 2022 at the Voigt Center for Businesses in Hollywood Park.

EDC members were recently working on a tentative March 1 date for the event, which current board chairman Andrew Moon described as an introduction from local business owners to the new board of directors of EDC. ‘EDC and the community.

” It will be a [chance to] celebrate business opportunities, ”Moon added.

]]> Raymond C. Lee III named sole finalist for Greeley City Manager – Greeley Tribune https://destinationcaribbean.net/raymond-c-lee-iii-named-sole-finalist-for-greeley-city-manager-greeley-tribune/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:37:34 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/raymond-c-lee-iii-named-sole-finalist-for-greeley-city-manager-greeley-tribune/ Greeley is set to see his first black city manager as Greeley City Council announces it has unanimously selected Raymond C. Lee III as the sole finalist for the job. While the usual paperwork and contract negotiations have yet to take place, city officials say anything is unlikely to derail the deal. “I want to […]]]>

Greeley is set to see his first black city manager as Greeley City Council announces it has unanimously selected Raymond C. Lee III as the sole finalist for the job.

While the usual paperwork and contract negotiations have yet to take place, city officials say anything is unlikely to derail the deal.

“I want to see this city succeed,” Lee told the NoCo Optimist at a city managers semi-finalists meeting on Nov. 17. “I am a person who believes in working together and coming together to improve our future.”

In an interview with The Optimist, Mayor John Gates said the choice wasn’t necessarily easy, as all three semi-finalists were good. What stands out from Lee is his overall knowledge of city operations and his vision for Greeley’s future, Gates said.

“Nothing about Raymond says the status quo – he wants the city to keep moving,” Gates said. “Now is not the right time for the status quo.”

Greeley City Council on Tuesday named Raymond C. Lee III the sole finalist for city manager. (Courtesy photo / City of Greeley)

Lee’s qualifications

Lee has worked as Greeley’s interim city manager since August, following the departure of longtime city manager Roy Otto. Lee first joined the city in January as a deputy city manager.

“What we noticed almost immediately was that as interim city manager he wasn’t in place,” Gates said. “He continued to pursue what he needed to pursue to fill vacancies and move the city forward. He was really impressive in that regard.

Prior to moving to Greeley, Lee held various positions in municipal government including Director of Public Works for the City of Amarillo, Texas, Assistant Director for Street Services for the City of Dallas and more.

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Henderson State University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

He is also known for donning very eye-catching bow ties at city council meetings.

Who did he beat?

In the first step of the search process for a new city manager, Baker Tilly firm found a pool of 33 candidates for city council to consider. Council members narrowed down the search to 10 semi-finalists before choosing three finalists, who attended a welcome public meeting last week.

Alexa Barton, of Belton, Missouri, and Scot Rigby, of Wichita, Kansas, were also named semi-finalists.

Barton previously served as City Manager, Deputy City Manager, County Administrator and more. She received her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Park University and her master’s degree in public affairs from the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

Rigby previously served as Deputy City Manager, Senior Project Manager, Acting Assistant to City Manager and more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.

Biggest Challenge Greeley faces

Gates said one of the biggest challenges Greeley faces is growing. That is why the council agreed it should seek out a city manager who could rule over 200,000 people, he said.

“We know we’re growing up, and frankly, we can’t mess it all up,” Gates said.

Lee knows that too.

In an interview with The Optimist, he said one of his top priorities as city manager would be to balance sustainable growth in Greeley without losing the character of the city.

“Within that, you have housing, infrastructure, retail, restaurants and more in an ever-changing economy,” Lee said.

Gates said he was impressed with the conversations he had with Lee about Greeley’s growth.

“Raymond clearly sees our vision to have industrial growth, business growth and growth that benefits all residents,” said Gates.

– Kelly Ragan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NoCo Optimist. You can usually find it covering the government of Greeley and County Weld. Do you have any advice? Let him know at TheNoCoOptimist@gmail.com. Do you like this report? Let the Greeley Tribune know to keep it around. Find more NoCo Optimist content on www.thenocooptimist.com.

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