City Council to appoint new manager

WC?has been without a city manager since August 2018

The appointment of a new city manager is on the agenda for the City Council of Webster City. The council meets tonight at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Callahan Municipal Consultants were hired in March to resume the search, after efforts to find a manager were unsuccessful last year. Former City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez resigned last summer to take a similar position in California. Kent Harfst has been serving as the acting city manager since that time.

There were 22 applicants for the position and last month, council members held initial interviews via Skype with nine of the candidates. In-person interviews were also held in June for the finalists.

The council is also expected to authorize Mayor John Hawkins and City Clerk Karyl Bonjour to sign an agreement with the new city manager concerning the terms and conditions of employment.

A public hearing will be held at the top of the meeting concerning the proposed vacation of a portion of Third Street in the Lawn Hill Addition of Webster City.

A request for a fireworks permit from Van Diest Supply Company is on the agenda. VDSC is again sponsoring the community fireworks display at Webster City High School on Wednesday, July 3 at 10 p.m. Prior to the display, the Webster City High School Band will perform patriotic music.

The council will also consider two street closure requests from Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield. The first is a request to use the City of Webster City property at the corner of Closz Drive and Millards Lane and o close the intersection for fire department training on Sept. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m.

The second request is for the closure of Bank and Seneca streets for the National Night Out on Aug. 6. The event will be held at West Twin Park.

In other business, the council is expected to:

• adopt the employee pay plan for 2019-2020;

• establish a 28E agreement with Hamilton County for a shared IT director;

• consider a request from the street department to seek bids for a dump body (salt box) for the department’s 2005 Chevy Chassis, and bids for a backhoe.


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