Waldo creates administrator position

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

WALDO — With a new president, a new trustee, and much discussion over one isolated part of a job description, the Village Board established a village administrator position Monday.

The position, intended to provide continuity for the village, had been envisioned by board members in the past few months, and developed with a specific person in mind — Bruce Neerhof, who has worked for the village for some time as director of public works.

Reasons given to make Neerhof the administrator included his familiarity with the village and his background knowledge.

Working with a written description of the administrator position, the board focused on terminology defining the administrator’s accountability when it came to hiring employees or contractors to work for the village. The wording did not make clear which direction the accountability went — if it was ultimately the administrator’s discretion or the board’s.

Those few words in the job description were changed to be more precise, specifying that the administrator would recommend personnel decisions to the board, and the board would then review and act on the recommendation.

With those changes, the board unanimously approved the resolution establishing a village administrator.

Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht assured the board that the job description can be easily revised if problems are found in the future.

Village President Gary Dekker announced that Paul Wagner, who had been voted in as trustee in the April election, had resigned from the board, though he will continue as a member of the Plan Commission.

Trustee Mike Hintz told Dekker the village president has the authority to appoint a person in this case. Dekker said Jerome Hammarlund was next in line in number of votes. The trustees unanimously approved appointing Hammarlund to the board, if Hammarlund accepts.

The board unanimously approved a resolution expressing appreciation to Dan Schneider for serving as village president.

Neerhof gave a summary of public works issues and actions. This included damage to the roofs of several village buildings from a wind storm. Neerhof learned that the village’s insurance will cover repair of the roofs, minus the deductible.

Hintz initiated a discussion regarding safety inspections and firefighting access to the Ferrellgas facility once it is set up.

Police report for April: One citation for $200.50 (operation after suspension); three warnings; 12 complaints investigated (trespassing complaint, mini bikes in alley, 10 unlicensed dog complaints, voting day polling); nine property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.

The board again discussed getting more detailed information on the police report. Trustee Mark Spitz said he understood that some details are unavailable but, he said, “I think we can get better information than what we’re getting here.”

The village currently contracts with the village of Cascade, which provides 10 hours of police coverage. Trustee Mike Hintz said the number of hours could be increased if it was believed necessary.

Having a law enforcement officer address the board was also discussed.

The next regular village board meeting will be Monday, June 12.

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