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Administrator’s job description close

Blackburn says he’s against city ever taking over Memorial Pool

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – City commissioners plan to have a job description on file for city administrator as soon as Aug. 6.

The City Council agreed Monday it is comfortable with the recommendation given by Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council, that gives commissioners, not the administrator, the final authority in departmental matters.

Langloss said he will have a revised job description for commissioners to view Thursday.

After it was revealed former public works director Shawn Ortgiesen misused city-issued credit cards for personal items and resigned, the council decided to hire an administrator to oversee all its departments.

Langloss recommended a chain of command that puts the administrator in charge of overseeing day-to-day operations and carrying out the vision of commissioners.

Recommended duties for the administrator included executing city ordinances, policies, programs and strategic plans, as well as working on public relations, economic development and human resources.

Commissioners Jeff Kuhn and Dennis Considine have said they want the administrator to be required to live within the city limits.

Langloss recommended commissioners consider making that term be effective after the November 2014 election, because the city could change its government to a city manager form.

The hope is for commissioners to start interviewing candidates this fall, Langloss said.

In other items, Commissioner David Blackburn said he opposes the city ever taking possession of Veterans Memorial Pool.

A group of about 40 people have met twice recently to map out a plan to renovate the pool. The Dixon Park District has said it will hand over the pool to the city, if it wanted it, as long as the pool remained in public use.

As long as the park district exists, Blackburn said the city is not the appropriate government agency to own or operate the pool.

Also, the city repealed an ordinance that forbid fortune tellers from advertising.

Mayor Jim Burke said an operator of a fortune-telling business called City Hall to ask what she needed to do to set up a business in the city. The city clerk brought the ordinance to the mayor’s attention and the city’s attorney found it unconstiutional, and recommended the city repeal it.

In addition, commissioners gave the final go-ahead for the county to build an animal control facility in the Lee County Business Park and placed its 2013-2014 budget on file.

The City Council placed on file an agreement with Johnson & Buh law offices to carry out prosecution of city ordinance violations. The council can get out of the agreement if it does not believe the deal is financial viable.

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