Danedri Thompson
Appointments to the electric utility board and the Gardner Airport Board will be on hold until members of the Gardner City Council discuss changes to the city’s appointment policies.
City council members tabled the reappointments of Randy Tedford and Lance Boyd to the Gardner Electric Utility Board and Lanny Turner to the Gardner Airport Board during a council meeting Jan. 7.
Under the existing policy, members of both bodies are appointed by the mayor and approved by the council. Mayor Dave Drovetta said in the past, those who currently served on those bodies were simply re-appointed once their terms ended if they still wished to serve.
“Our practice has been if an incumbent would like to continue, in the past, we just said OK,” Drovetta explained.
However, council president Kristina Harrison said she’d like to see a more formal policy put in place.
Harrison said she would like to see open positions posted in advance of appointments.
“Something should get sent out or distributed,” she said. “I just think that would give other people a chance – not that we have to go to extremes. I just think that would be beneficial.”
The terms of Tedford, Boyd and Turner expire in January, but Drovetta said they will continue to serve until the council has an opportunity to discuss possible changes to the appointment process.
In other business, council members:
• approved the hiring of Michael Hall as director of community development. The new position at city hall, is due in part to a reorganization of city staff. The city currently has no plans to hire an assistant city administrator.
• approved easements and right-of-ways for the final plat for Arvest Bank. The bank will build on .9 acres located on the northeast corner of Main and Sycamore Streets.
• adopted a resolution declaring it necessary to appropriate private property or interests and conduct a survey related to planned improvements at the intersection of Main and Center Streets.
• authorized an agreement between The Active Network and city parks and recreation department for software services. As part of the agreement, city customers will no longer be charged online transactions fees when registering for parks programs.
• accepted a proposal for auditing services from Allen, Gibbs, and Houlik, L.C.