July 25, 2014

Edgerton to create job description for city administrator

Corbin H. Crable
chcrable@gardnernews.com

Edgerton City Council members plan to establish a profile for a permanent city administrator in the coming weeks.

Interim City Administrator Mike Press, at the governing body’s Feb. 17 work session, distributed a checklist of qualities and traits the council members may wish to consider in a permanent administrator. Press asked the council members to rank each trait in order of importance and submit the results back to him so he may work with Mayor Don Roberts to draft a job description.

The checklist asks council members to rank traits such as education, administrative ability and knowledge of job skills involving human resources and finances on a scale of high, medium or low importance.

Press’s handout for the council also established a 12-week timeline of activity in the hiring process for a permanent city administrator. Assuming that week one of the timeline began with Press’s first day as interim city administrator on Feb. 7, by week 10 – which will fall in late April – the mayor and council hope to conduct first and second interviews of the candidates.

According to the timeline, the mayor and governing body hope to determine a starting date for the successful candidate in or around week 12, which falls in early May.

Press told The Gardner News last week that Roberts has asked of him a commitment to serve as interim city administrator for three to six months, meaning a permanent city administrator could begin work as early as May or as late as August.

Also at Thursday’s work session, council members heard from county officials presenting alternative realignment options at 191st Street and Four Corners. The county would have to construct and maintain a retaining wall, which could stand as high as 14 feet, if it wanted to stay with the current alignment; however, county officials suggested the council members the possibility of moving the street 300 feet south of its current location. Officials present at the meeting did not offer a precise location for the realignment if it were to occur.

If the county did decide to realign the intersection, however, the right of way would need to be increased to 120 feet from its current 40 feet. The purpose for this, county officials told the council, is to have a better opportunity to build an overpass over the railroad tracks for connection to U.S. 56 and Four Corners.

A majority of the council members voiced support for the southern realignment, while county officials have said they want contractors to begin work on the intersection sometime in the next year. The council will vote on its support on one of the options at a future meeting.
The governing body will next meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Edgerton Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.

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