Fayette village council 2012.01.18

Written by David Green.


The Fayette village council is moving closer toward hiring a new administrator, but following discussion at a closed session last week, the hiring process will be delayed.

At a special council meeting Jan. 11, mayor Ruth Marlatt said she discussed with committee members Diane Brubaker and David Borer the idea of advertising the position in three area daily newspapers. The ad would list a Feb. 3 deadline and then interviews would be scheduled.

Marlatt said the interview committee has typically included the mayor, the council president and the outgoing administrator. In this case, the current administrator is Tom Clemensen who was hired to serve as maintenance supervisor Sept. 14 and then appointed to the position of interim administrator when Amy Metz left a few weeks later.

An additional member of council could be added as well as a member of the public, but she recommended keeping an odd number of people.

At that point, councilor Rodney Kessler called for a closed session to discuss the administrator post.

After about 20 minutes, council returned and Marlatt announced that the Government Affairs committee would discuss the job description further at its Feb. 1 meeting.

ATTORNEY—Council voted to retain the services of attorney Tom Thompson of Bryan for general services and Mark Powers for service with court matters.

Brubaker introduced the topic by proposing to seek bids from other attorneys, but council member Julia Ruger suggested keeping Thompson since he’s familiar with village issues.

Village financial officer Lisa Zuver said the village spent about $4,000 with Powers for help with police issues last year and $13,800 with Thompson. Thompson is hired to attend every council meeting. Zuvers said he also spent considerable time with the sewer separation project known as the long term control plan.

PRESIDENT—Borer was chosen council president to serve as mayor pro tempore in Marlatt’s absence.

MEETINGS—Council will continue to schedule regular meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A committee-of-the-whole will meet on the second Wednesday of the month.

Clemensen suggested returning to two meetings a month to hasten the process of putting ordinances into effect, but council chose instead to call for special meetings when needed.

CONTRACTS—An agenda item listed making Tom Rupp and Bob Seigneur contract vendors, but instead the issue will be discussed by the Government Affairs committee.

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