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April 15, 2014

Council to discuss city manager search

The search for the city’s second city manager, a review of the charter and a penalty for unregistered vacant properties will be among topics addressed at the Common Council meeting tonight.

The council will meet at City Hall, 258 Main St., at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than regularly scheduled meetings.

Michael H. Long, 57, city manager since Oct. 1, 2012, earning a salary of $115,000, will retire at the end of May.

Meg Hungerford, city director of finance and acting city manager, will assume Long’s responsibilities May 30. She has recommended that the city follow a departmental reorganization plan, presented in March by Long, that streamlines the structure.

Tonight’s discussion of the city manager’s position, search and transition details will be discussed under additional business after reports and other actions, including personnel and fiscal motions, of the council.

During a meeting at City Hall last week, the council’s Human Resources Committee discussed options for a search and needs to identify priorities during staff transitions.

The committee informally favored establishing a six-person committee to search for the next city manager but left options on the table for further study and discussion.

Mayor Dick Miller said he also would ask the council about a process to review the charter adopted by voters in 2011. The charter established the position of city manager, among other provisions, and Miller said a review seems timely with change pending in the city manager’s office and two years of government under the new document.

Also at tonight’s meeting in Common Council Chambers, members will consider setting a penalty of $100, plus $3.50 per day, against vacant properties that are unregistered with the city, according to the meeting agenda.

City officials have been working on identifying vacant properties and their owners and securing and/or maintaining the properties when deemed necessary.

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