Corbin H. Crable
Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner’s last day of employment with the city will be Feb. 7.
The Edgerton City Council on Jan. 13 voted to allow Dillner to leave the job a week earlier than the 30 days stipulated in his contract.A memorandum of understanding between the city and Dillner listed Dillner’s official resignation date as Jan. 13.
He is now in what the memorandum refers to as the “transition period,” meaning he is expected to train his replacement – an interim city administrator – until his last day of employment. Mayor Don Roberts said he and Council President Clay Longanecker will begin interviewing candidates for the interim position immediately. After that, the city plans to hire a firm to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent Edgerton city administrator.
The memorandum of understanding also makes mention of pending litigation against the city: “The city shall provide the reasonable cost of defending employee in the pending litigation known as I-35 Edgerton LLC, et. al v. The
City of Edgerton, Kansas, et. al. … and indemnify employee on this case and any others arising as a result of his employment with the city, as provided by resolution of the city and by law.”
City Attorney Patrick Reavey told The Gardner News that the lawsuit, filed by the Fraley family, arose from the family’s objection to being included in the benefit district for Sunflower Ridge. Reavey said the city still “does not believe the Fraleys have a legitimate claim” and added that the Fraleys actually requested to be included in the benefit district in letters to the city sent several years ago.
The state’s Business Center lists Edgerton resident Connie Fraley as the contact for I-35 Edgerton LLC. The organization has an office listed in Overland Park.
In other business, the council:
* discussed the possibility of lowering the city’s peddler permit fee, which is now $25 per day, not to exceed $250 in a six-month period. Dillner noted that the fee is not comparable to other cities of similar size in the area, such as Baldwin City, where the peddler permit fee is $10 per day, and Gardner, where the fee is only $5 per day. The council decided not to raise the fee because few permits have been issued in recent years – according to Dillner, the city only issued one permit last year, four in 2009 and three in 2008.
* discussed the appointment process for a new city treasurer to replace Mary Ann Schmidt, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence that began last summer. The new city treasurer would only serve until this May, which is the next regular time for appointment. The city treasurer’s tasks include publishing the city’s annual financial statement and depositing all monies collected by the city each day. Dillner has been taking those deposits to the bank since Schmidt’s departure.
* A memorandum from Dillner also noted that the deadline to file for city council elections is noon on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Three vacancies will approach this spring as the terms of council members Longanecker, Jody Brown and Ken Gillespie end in May. The terms of Mayor Don Roberts and council members Glyn Powers and Heidi Wiseman, meanwhile, expire in 2013.
The council will next meet for its regular work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Edgerton Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.