City council considering personnel issues

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lewisburg's councilmen are scheduled on Tuesday to consider the idea of hiring a company that provides interim city managers until a more permanent successor can be hired since the Oct. 30 retirement of Eddie Fuller.

A brochure issued by Interim Public Management of Fountain Heights, Ariz., says IPM will "provide two credentialed managers for each engagement at the price of one" because one interim manager can't do it all" for municipalities in transition.

After more than 16 years as the city manager, Fuller has retired, although he's being paid a retainer fee to be available to answer questions and provide advice to Lewisburg leaders.

Councilman Quinn Brandon Stewart has asked that IPM be a topic for council discussion when it meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall, 131 E. Church St.

IPM offers to turn "turmoil into tranquility," the company brochure states. It also "allows time to wait for elections before hiring" a successor for the manager's job, the brochure states.

Lewisburg's next city election is in early May, 2011, almost exactly six months from now.

An interim manager could provide "unbiased advice" as well as "improve communications with elected officials," the IPM brochure states.

Also scheduled for the regular monthly meeting of the council is the appointment of two applicants for membership on the city's Industrial Development Board since the resignations of Jackie Abernathy and Tommy Harris. They apparently quit when it was clear that Terry Wallace would not be continuing as the city's industrial development director.

The applicants to succeed Harris and Abernathy are Chris Collins, Troy Cross, Dave Kennedy, Mike Tankersley and Steve Thomas. Don Wright was added to the list.

Also Tuesday, the council is to address issues including:

* Collection of yard brush.

"We have to do something different because the brush pit at the airport can't be used anymore because of the new hangars," City Recorder and Treasurer Connie Edde said.

* A second vote on changes to the sign ordinance.

It will delete a fee for political signs regardless of the size of the signs, Edde said. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is to be held starting at 5:50 p.m.

* A final vote on the city's safety ordinance.

The updated document is recommended by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.