October 2, 2014

Edgerton adds 2 full time city positions

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Edgerton City Council approved the creation of two new full time positions — an administrative services director and a codes enforcement officer — on April 12.
City Administrator Beth Linn said the new positions are necessary to prepare the city for growth expected to result from the intermodal logistics park.
“One of the tasks of the city administrator is to position the city, in particular city hall, to be prepared for that growth,” Linn said. “Being prepared includes implementing procedures and policies for smooth and efficient operation of business.”
Linn said she and others have assessed city operations and identified areas where the city needs additional help.
“Those areas include finance/human resources/utility billing, and code enforcement,” she said.
The administrative services director will report to the city administrator and oversee city office staff, including the account clerk, interim city clerk/court clerk, and part time administrative assistant.
The person will be responsible for internal control measures including “daily review of cash accounting, review and approval of all payroll, review and approval of all accounts payable checks, etc.” Linn said.
The administrative services director will also be responsible for all human resource related tasks, including payroll, benefits administration and risk management.
“By allocating these functions to the administrative services director, it would allow more time for the city administrator to work on areas of planning and zoning, community development, neighborhood services, economic development, budget preparation, intergovernmental cooperation and other special projects,” Linn said.
“In addition, the position could serve as a second point of contact for governing body, staff, residents, and public safety in the absence of the city administrator.”
Linn said the need for a full time code enforcement officer became apparent during recent citizen interviews that were conducted during research for the city’s new logo and branding campaign.
Lack of code enforcement was among the most common complaints expressed by citizens.
The code enforcement officer will report to the city administrator and be responsible for “the enforcement of all nuisance, environmental, property maintenance and animal codes,” Linn said.
“Public works would remain responsible for building codes and permits. The code enforcement officer would do all remaining items including tall grass and weeds, inoperable vehicles, junk/trash/debris, animal control, etc.”
Linn said part of the code enforcement officer’s job will be to educate citizens about the city’s codes rather than just writing tickets on the spot.
No salaries were discussed for the new positions.
Linn said she would return to the council with proposed salary ranges on April 26.

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