Council votes to create job description for part-time city manager

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By SHELLY WILKISON

The Liberty Hill City Council voted Monday to hire a full-time police officer, write a job description for a part-time city manager, and accept a $50,000 task order for engineering services.

Upon the recommendation of Police Chief Randy Williams, the Council voted unanimously to hire Robert Fox as a full-time patrol officer.

The position has been vacant since  Officer George Nassour resigned in July.

Although the Council hired an administrative consultant on a contract last month, Council member Wendell McLeod suggested Monday that the City needs a part-time city manager.

“We’ve got to get things going straight,” said McLeod, who voted against hiring former city employee Pete McKinney when presented with his contract for services in August.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Crane agreed with McLeod that a part-time manager is needed, “but we need to put a job description in place.”

One of the first actions taken by the current Council after the May election was to eliminate the position of City Administrator. Since that time, the day-to-day operations of city government have been overseen by Mayor Jamie Williamson, Council member Vicki Brewer and the City Secretary.

The Council approved a one-year contract with McKinney to serve as “Building Inspector, Code Enforcer and Administrative Consultant” at a rate of $50 per hour. (McKinney Contract 92012)

“How is Pete operating, anyway?” McLeod asked, to which Mayor Williamson quickly responded that McKinney was not on the meeting agenda.

Mrs. Brewer reminded the Council that funds for a city manager position were not budgeted for fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1. The Council adopted the budget and a tax increase on Sept. 17.

On McLeod’s motion to create a job description for a part-time manager, Mrs. Brewer cast the lone no vote with all members present. Crane agreed to work with McLeod to develop the job description.

After a one-hour executive session, the Council approved a $50,000 task order or contract with Steger Bizzell  for engineering services in fiscal 2012. Among the duties to be performed by the Georgetown firm are the review of “site plan and subdivision submittals, documents, make minor map amendments and provide consulting on an as-needed basis.”

While the discussion was posted for open meeting, McLeod asked that it be considered in closed session. The City’s Attorney advised that the private discussion was not legal unless it pertained to the legal document in question.

“We can’t go in (closed session) just to talk about it (the services of Steger Bizzell),” said Mayor Williamson.

When the Council returned to open meeting, there was no discussion on the matter and the task order was approved by a unanimous vote.

In other action that followed executive session, the Council tabled a discussion on city bank accounts “pending further investigation of accounts,” Mrs. Brewer recommended. There was no public explanation provided on this issue.

The Council also tabled four items relating to utility easements with Michael Faurie and Harold Faurie, Ricky and Sabrina Jordan, Troy Moore and Gregory Hall.

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