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Administrator search nears end

Langloss hopes for name release before final vote

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A city administrator could be recommended by the end of next week.

Of the 40 applicants for the position, three were given interviews, and one of those will receive a second interview, said Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council.

A final recommendation will be given to the City Council for approval.

Some applicants have asked for their names not to be released, until the City Council makes it final.

A comprehensive background check will be conducted once a candidate is chosen, Langloss said.

It is his hope that the recommended candidate’s name will be released before the council takes a final vote and that the council could schedule a meet and greet for public input with the candidate present.

A team put together by Langloss reviewed résumés and conducted the interviews. Members are: Langloss, Finance Director Paula Meyer, City Attorney Rob LeSage pro bono, KSB Hospital Human Resources Director Suzanne Ravlin, KSB President/CEO David Schreiner, Fire Cpt. Ryan Buskohl, Wastewater Foreman Tim Stover, Water Superintendent Rusty Cox and Commissioners Dennis Considine and Jeff Kuhn.

The administrator will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the city, but commissioners will have final authority in departmental matters, according to the job description.

The administrator’s salary is expected to be between $95,000 and $110,000.

In other items Monday, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of allowing a fence at 422 E. Seventh St. to extend about 5 feet into city property. The fence was built about 7 years ago, said Building Official Paul Shiaras.

Two neighbors spoke about the fence being a visibility issue for motorists at the corner of East Seventh and Dement streets. Each commissioner disagreed, saying they had visited the corner to see for themselves.

Amy Mekeel, who lives at 420 E. Seventh St., said she has a vision disability and the fence could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city’s attorney said he would check on that aspect, and if it were a violation, the council would readdress its vote.

Also, the City Council finalized a human resources contract Monday with Paul Greufe & Associates for $1,500 per month. The month-to-month contract is for a period of 9 months to 2 years, Langloss said. A full-time human resources coordinator would have come at a cost of about $80,000 to $85,000, Mayor Jim Burke said.

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, highlighted the passage of a concealed-carry law and updated the council on the state’s pension issue, as part of a tour of city governments in his district. He told the council Monday he wants to see city governments work more regionally in economic development efforts and urged commissioners to not think of a venture “within city boundaries.”

The city’s street improvements should be completed within the next 2 weeks, Kuhn said. Blacktop resurfacing will begin next week. The two downtown municipal parking lots undergoing resurfacing will be finished Thursday or Friday, he said.

In a year-to-date financial summary, Meyer said the city has taken in about 45 percent of its budgeted revenue and spent about 30 percent of its budgeted expenditures as of Sept. 30. The general fund has a $1,188,256 balance. The city owes its own funds about $8.6 million and has about $12.6 million of outstanding debt before interest is factored in, the finance director said.

Police officer Charles Thomas Jr. and firefighter/paramedic Crystal Brasington were sworn into their positions. Brasington became the city’s first female firefighter/paramedic, Considine said. Fire Cpt. Mark Callison was promoted to deputy fire chief, Buskohl was named captain, and Jacob Henry a lieutenant.

Additionally, the council put on file an ordinance approving the $40 million out-of-court settlement with its auditors and bank it said were culpable in the Rita Crundwell theft.

Town hall on $40M settlement

The Dixon City Council will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to present options for how to spend the $40 million received from an out-of-court settlement with its former auditors and bank it said were responsible for former Comptroller Rita Crundwell's theft of nearly $54 million.

The meeting will take place in the basement of Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St. For more information, an agenda or minutes from past meetings, go to www.discoverdixon.org or call 815-288-1485.

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