Administrator, utility manager jobs combined

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Utilities manager is no longer a separate position in the city’s table of organization.

The City Council Tuesday approved adding those duties to City Administrator Brian Yerges’ position, while also upgrading Bill Immich to director of public works/city engineer and Jim Peterson to electrical operations manager at Plymouth Utilities.

The Plymouth Utilities manager position has been vacant since John MacKinnon retired earlier this year. City officials had been leaning toward eliminating the position and spreading the duties among several existing city positions, which Tuesday’s action accomplished.

The city is still apparently in negotiations on a final fi- nancial settlement with MacKinnon.

The new job responsibilities will also include salary increases for Yerges, to $115,000; Immich, to $100,000; and Peterson, to $90,000, through 2014.

“We’ve been talking about these changes to these positions for a number of years,” Alderperson Jackie Jarvis pointed out.

Yerges thanked the council on behalf of himself and Immich and Peterson.

“I can assure you we will continue to work for the longterm good of the city of Plymouth,” Yerges said.

Kurt Hendrickson, senior regional manager for American Transmission Co., presented a report to the council on ATC.

The privately-held company provides transmission systems and electrical power for 28 member utilities, municipalities, municipal electric companies and electric cooperatives.

That includes the city of Plymouth, which is an investor in ATC and receives annual dividends from its investment, Yerges told the council.

Since it was established in 2001, ATC has grown from $550 million in assets to $3.1 billion today, Hendrickson said. It operates 9,440 miles of transmission lines and 525 substations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.

ATC is currently negotiating to purchase several tap lines from Plymouth Utilities, Hendrickson reported. “We’re doing our due diligence on that.”

The council approved a revolving loan restructuring for Veritas Financial Services LLC and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner LLC.

Yerges explained that both loans are to Margaret Wittkopp for her building at 506 E. Mill St. and the restructuring was recommended by the Revolving Loan Fund Committee.

“Basically, it combines two loans into one loan and makes one payment,” Yerges continued.

Wittkopp would also be eligible for up to $20,000 in additional loan funds when and if they become available.

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