Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down little d · 211 weeks ago Hire Shane Shields and be done with it. A good person doing a good job- look no more. Report Reply 2 replies · active 211 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 211 weeks ago This statement…”There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success…”, I think would have been nice with the last one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 211 weeks ago Has Mr Shields applied for the job? Seems like he withdrew his application last time around. He may not want it. He would do a great job, but if he doesn’t want it: That’s his prerogative. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 211 weeks ago I just want to thank Shane Shields for the great job he does for Wellington and Sumner County. Shane is a man of vast knowledge about our City, something any new hire would have to spend years and years learning. Sounds to me like some of the council members need to resign as they are not working for whats best for the city but whats best for them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down MeToo · 211 weeks ago Let’s see, in the last two months the city has fired Mr. Eckert, the City Manager. If they would have sent Mr. Eckert home to sit in his house for six months and paid his salary, we the citizens of Wellington could have saved $37,000 instead of paying his severance. Now the City council wants to spend another $25,000 for a job that doesn’t exist at the humane society and finally the City Fathers and Mothers want to spend $6,000 to hire a consulting firm to hire someone to be the City Manager when we already have a qualified individual in Mr. Shields. A total potential waste of $68,000. This has happened in just the past 2 months. You’d think we are rolling in the dough, but we don’t have money to pave some roads, fix some sewers, repair some water mains or actually hire another police officer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 211 weeks ago If we as a community can’t step up to provide the basic humane treatment of our animals, then we have failed as a society. Furthermore, anyone more concerned with a pot hole than the livelihood of a dog and cat is no friend of mine. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 211 weeks ago We should just start replacing our roadways with solar roadways then everyone’s electric bills would be non-existent Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down ??? · 211 weeks ago We don’t need to spend the money, the council knows what it is doing……wait never mind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down whatever · 211 weeks ago Can we hire a new city council? Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 211 weeks ago Hopefully more people will do some research before the next election. Not sure how people that own rental companies/houses in town are allowed to decide whether to raise the mill or to raise utility rates. No brainer, pass it on to their tenants instead of coming out of their profits… Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city manager. A representative from the league came to the work session Tuesday to answer concerns.The council seems likely to pass accepting the contract at its next meeting, but there was question as to whether they really needed to.Council member Jan Korte also questioned the wording of the contract, which stated the league could cancel the contract at any time. It also said the city would still have to pay the full amount if they reject all the candidates the league sends their way.Council member Vince Wetta also questioned the need for spending the money, but he said he believes it is for the good of the city to go through the process. He said he was having second thoughts about that. He favors hiring Shane Shields who is the current interim city manager and has been in the city’s administration for several years.Council members said they just want to go through the process and find out who is out there.Kip Etter said he just wants to make sure they make the right decision and he believes going through the process is a good idea.Bill Butts agreed saying it would not hurt to see who else is out there, and it would not hurt to have the information.After the meeting Jim Valentine said he is not for spending the money.There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success, and most of the council members feel that going through the process of taking applications would be a move in that direction.Mayor Shelly Hansel said going through the process would be good for the city. She said the person who his hired should be able to have confidence that the council chose them for good reasons.Once the contract is signed, council members will fill out surveys to get detailed information about what they want in a city manager. The league can then advertise for the position. The league will rank candidates, picking a top 10 – or whatever number the council wants. They will also make all applications available to the council members.From there the normal process would be followed, with the league running the search and the council doing final approval.The council also discussed its budget, and is putting the finishing touches on. Interim City Manager Shane Shields – who is also the finance director – said there would be no need for a change in the tax mill levy.The council discussed cutting funding for some groups like the Chisholm Trail Museum, the Historical and Geneaological Society and some others. Council member Korte wants the city to eventually stop funding them because there are several other groups in the city that the city does not fund.It is not a lot of money. The decision the council wrestled with was whether to give the museum $6,000 or $5,200. The council had earlier agreed to cut all agencies like that by 25 percent.The council will have a public hearing on its budget, and will likely pass the budget at its second meeting in August.The city is also considering giving the Humane Society $25,000 to help hire a director. The facility is still years from being built, so it could be a few years before the money is used. The county has also been asked for $25,000 but no action has been taken.The money will be in the budget, but may not be spent for some time.The budget includes a contingency fund of $772,600.———The council also briefly talked about the building at Lincoln and Washington, which has been closed and roped off for about two weeks. Shields said the city is still waiting on an engineer’s report and the city is talking with the owner. The fate of the building is not yet known, but it is believed to have some serious structural problems.———Cowley College and other local officials will have a meeting on Monday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Wellington High School Auditorium to talk about the possibility of the college opening a campus in Wellington. Cowley needs a half cent sales tax to make that happen. The county commissioners have to decide on whether to put it on the ballot in November, hold a special election, or keep it off entirely. Cowley officials want it to be held later as a special election.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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