Sharon McMahon in Ward 4 was absent due to health issues with a family member. She will be sworn in on May 21.
R.J. Davis said he will donate his first stipend as alderman to the Laura Lee Fellowship House where meetings were conducted about changing the form of government in the 1980s. His second stipend will go to the United Way to further support its community work.
- Williams was elected as vice mayor, with an 8-4 vote. In addition to McMahon, Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black was absent due to health issues.
Also, aldermen were elected to council committees. Serving on the Public Works Committee: Williams, Rick Strebing, R.J. Davis, Michael O’Kane, chairman Mike Puhr, vice chairman Jon Cooper and Black. Serving on the Public Services Committee: Kevin Davis, Frank Hoskins, April Gilbert, McMahon, Tom Stone, chairman Nichols and vice chairman Foster.
- Council members amended the city’s wage administration chart to eliminate construction specialist Nancy Humphreys’ position due to city reorganization with community enhancement duties with John Heckler, John Dreher and Angie Jestis.
The police department positions of technical services administration, held by Cliff Hegg, and evidence and training manager, held by Randy Osgood, also were combined to become “Technical Services and Evidence Manager” with a salary range of $45,000 to $49,500.
Eisenhauer said Hegg and Osgood can apply for the new position.
The approximately $30,000 savings in salaries with the position eliminations will go into the city’s general fund, Eisenhauer said.
- Council members heard from resident Trina Perkins about needed cleaning up and mowing in the area of the Laura Lee Fellowship House.
- Council members heard from residents Vince Koers and Lynn McLinden about the building permit for the cellular tower to be built near the hospital expiring before construction has started. City officials say another permit can be issued due to the project already being approved.
- Council members heard from Sid’s Towing representatives about not hearing anything from city officials in several months about the business wanting to be put into the rotation for towing services through the police department.