Pell City to hire manager
by David Atchison
Oct 25, 2011 | 9673 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pell City will move forward with hiring a new city manager after the council unanimously approved an ordinance creating the position Monday night.

“The city manager shall assume the office of city manager not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days from the date of this passage of this ordinance as required by law,” the ordinance passed by the council states.

The ordinance creating the city manager position passed on it second reading last night. The first reading of the ordinance was completed at the Oct. 10 council meeting.

“The personnel director is hereby directed to cause the position of city manager to be published and advertised to invite suitable candidates from within and without the state of Alabama to apply for said position and to set a time upon which submission of applications shall cease,” the ordinance states. “Thereafter, the City Council shall set a date upon which qualified applicants may be interviewed and a suitable candidate selected by the City Council.”

Mayor Bill Hereford said Monday he believes the position must be posted for two weeks, once the city begins to advertise for the job position.

City officials have discussed hiring a city manager to run the day-to-day operations of the city for months now. The council has also held several public hearings for public input in the matter.

The city put aside $100,000 for the position in the 2012 fiscal year budget, which started Oct. 1, and ends Sept. 30, 2012. The lowest salary amount on the pay scale for the new position was set at $52,395, while the top pay for the position is $103,406.

The new position requires a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree is preferred. The candidate should have substantial management and administrative experience in a municipal government or similar public agency setting.

In other matters Monday night, the council:

• Approved applying for a Hazard Mitigation Program grant to retrofit the Armory for use in emergency situations. The city would have to contribute 25 percent of the total project cost.

• Approved a $1,200 a month salary for the new council president. The city will not pay the salary until the new administration takes office in November 2012.

• Approved to apply for a $3 million National Infrastructure Investment Program grant to construct a connector road from Eden to Wolf Creek Road North to support the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, Jefferson State Community College and the Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home.

• Approved a resolution asking authority to use $136,750 of the grant money left over from the paving project of Veterans Parkway so the intersection at Hazelwood Drive and U.S. 231 can be improved.

• Approved a proclamation proclaiming this week Pro Bono Week.

• Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for Bayou Steamer, a new restaurant opening in the Cropwell Commons shopping center next month.

• Approved an off premise retail beer and wine license and package store license for Shields Corner Store.

• Approved an ordinance making it illegal to use and sell “Spice,” also known as synthetic marijuana. State legislators have already passed legislation outlawing the use and sale of Spice in Alabama.

• Approved to allow the fire department to donate old fire hoses and turnout gear to other fire departments in St. Clair County.

• Approved a job description for an assistant fire chief.

• Approved a resolution to apply for funding for community safe rooms and to serve as the applicant for individuals in the community who want to apply for individual storm shelter grants.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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