Waldo closer to creating administrative position

Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

WALDO — At its Monday night meeting, the Village Board considered two documents regarding a proposed village administrator position.

The first document was a resolution establishing the administrator position. The second explained the administrator’s duties.

The proposal, put forth by Village President Dan Schneiby der at the February meeting, was discussed at length.

As written, the administrator would be a non-voting member of the Plan Commission. From the audience, former Village Clerk John Port suggested the administrator serve as village engineer, a position that currently does not exist, instead of village zoning administrator, as listed in the job description. Port said the zoning administrator, according to the bylaws, is the village president.

Responding to questions, Schneider said, “I would make this an at-will position, reporting to the board. So the board can fire for no cause. And the employee can leave for no cause.”

Port recommended it be specified that the administrator served at pleasure of the Village Board. “It’s basically an at-will arrangement,” he said.

The conversation included Bruce Neerhof, currently director of public works for the village.

He was in the audience, and is being considered by the board for this position.

Trustee Mark Spitz questioned whether the job description gave the administrator too much authority, that the administrator would not be answerable enough to the board.

“I look at it this way,” Schneider said. “If you report to someone, say you’re in a business and report to an individual, that individual needs to have the hire and fire capability. If the individual you report to does not have that, I don’t think that’s a good situation. That’s a situation that gets taken advantage of, and has been taken advantage of in the village in the past.”

Items discussed regarding the administrator included whether he should have the authority to hire, supervise and fire employees on the part of the village, or whether hiring and firing should remain exclusively with the board; what discretion he should have regarding emergency expenditures, or other expenditures that could not wait for the next monthly board meeting; that he should be hired by the board as a whole and not only by the president; how the fact that this is not a full-time position affects hiring procedures; how specific the education and experience requirements should be stated.

Schneider said, “I would recommend that, in light of all the changes that are desired, that we not vote on this tonight. That we come back with a rewritten description, and do it at the next meeting.”

Schneider said, “If the job description can be revised with verbiage that everyone likes, we will make changes to the resolution if it’s required, and put an item on [next month’s] agenda for the hiring of Bruce.”

The election will be held Tuesday, April 4. Schneider is not running for president again, but he will still be president at the next board meeting on Monday, April 10. At the end of that meeting, the newly-elected officials will be sworn in.

The board discussed snow removal and lawn maintenance, which the village has been contracting out. Board members were generally satisfied with both, though Trustee Scott Wolfert thought the snow removal fee was excessive. Schneider said it was not that much, compared to what the village would spend on equipment maintenance if it did its own snow removal.

On the lawn care, Trustee Dennis Reinemann said, “It was pretty much stellar. We got compliments on the park and the cemetery.” Trustee Mike Hintz agreed, saying he’s heard many compliments about the work.

Hintz also said he had no complaints about the snow removal.

The board decided that, while there is no need to pursue different snow removal or lawn care services, they should both be reviewed regularly.

Schneider made a few points he thought the board should be aware of:

• The village’s contract with JD Trucking was coming up for renewal.

• A request at a previous meeting for use of village facilities for 4-H archery is on hold.

• The fundraiser for the Ryan Moyer family raised $1,000.

• The cell tower ordinance is on hold.

• Open Book for the village will be May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. Board of Review will be June 1, 5 to 7 p.m.

• Ferrellgas has approved a land-use agreement with the village. That is the last step for that company in setting up propane storage in the village. Schneider did not know what their schedule for implementation would be.

The board unanimously approved:

• A temporary liquor license for the Waldo Lions Club, for their annual pork chop dinner fundraiser, April 29.

• A temporary liquor license for the Cascade Fire Dept., for an April 1 event to raise funds for Frank Arbuckle. Arbuckle’s hand was nearly severed in a work accident. Surgeons at Froedtert Hospital reattached the hand, and Arbuckle has since recovered some use of the hand.

• Five requests to rent village facilities.

Police report for February: Four citations (all for winter parking violations), totaling $80; three complaints investigated (winter parking patrol; parking issue; assist motorist); three warnings; nine property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances or warrants.

Spitz said he would like more details on the police report. “What’s a parking issue?” he asked.

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