Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2005

Salary cap a sticking point in city administrator talks

Finalists seeking ‘a lot more’ than offered by Basehor

December 22, 2005

Once again, contract negotiations between the Basehor City Council and two candidates for its vacant city administrator position have stalled.

Last week, the city's two highest-ranking officials -- Mayor Chris Garcia and council president John Bonee -- hosted in-person interviews with two finalists for city administrator.

City officials couldn't come to a contract agreement with either candidate, both of whom required a higher salary than the range the city advertised, $61,000 to $68,000. Benefits were not included in the salary range.

Garcia said each candidate requested a salary that was "a lot more than what we were offering."

The finalists were chosen from a pool of 19 applicants. Garcia said an interview was scheduled to take place Wednesday for another candidate interested in the position. Additional interviews could take place next week.

The city administrator position has been vacant since December 2004. The city's first-ever administrator, David Fuqua, resigned from the job after less than a year of service. A previous search for his replacement, which took place earlier this year, drew approximately 40 candidates but no administrator.

The council, which hoped to have a city administrator in place by January, tabled a contract for the position at its Monday night meeting. The vote on the contract was scheduled in case negotiations between the city and one of its top choices were successful.

A vote on the contract has been rescheduled for the Jan. 5 meeting.

In other news, the council:

  • pproved, 3-1, a cereal malt beverage license for Simple Simons Pizza. Council member Bill Hooker was the lone vote of opposition.
  • Approved, 3-1, a liquor license for Kelley's Bar and Grille and Shorty's Liquor Store. Hooker voted against.
  • Approved, 4-0, a request to vacate utility easement on lots one and two of the Parallel Parkway subdivision. The request was approved contingent upon on the city receiving a release from Southwestern Bell and approval from the city engineer.
  • Tabled a maintenance bond agreement for Wolf Creek Industrial Park. The issue will be placed on the agenda for the Jan. 5 council meeting.
  • Approved, 4-0, a resolution authorizing a public hearing for the U.S. Highway 24-40 taxing district, legal description and spreadsheet for allocation of costs. The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 inside the auditorium at Basehor-Linwood High School.
  • Approved, 4-0, a $100 donation to the Basehor PRIDE organization for the holiday lighting contest.
  • Approved, 4-0, year-end transfers recommended by the city treasurer.
  • Approved, 4-0, an amendment to change the job description of the police clerk.

The council also announced that next month's meetings will take place on Jan. 5 and 19.

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