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Bistline named Public Works Director for the Town of Fredonia
Town Manager Dan Watson informed the Fredonia Town Council that election packets were due the following day. There are two seats up for election in 2012. Watson stated there had not yet been any packets submitted. If no one turns in a packet, there will be no election, and the seats will be filled through appointment instead. He will find out the deadline for “write-in” candidates.
Watson reported that he had met with Coconino County Parks and Recreation regarding the fitness trail. They determined that a fitness zone would be used more frequently than a fitness trail. They are working to install the proposed fitness zone and new jogging trail about the same time as the park project build day in March.
A committee of seven people interviewed the five applicants vying for the Fredonia Public Works Director position. Using a point system, Kenneth Bistline earned the highest score, so was offered the position at a pay rate of D-1.
The council discussed the flawed and antiquated pay scale being used by the town. They determined that although Bistline does not have a CDL or certifications, he does have a supervisory and construction background, so they would hire him at a D-1-2 rate, with benefits at 90 days and an increase at six months.
Brian Speers was unanimously accepted into the Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department.
Watson notified the council that the town will be required to contract an electrical engineer for the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded power pole and electrical upgrade project. He expressed his concern that much of the funding will then be used for the engineer, and Fredonia may not be able to replace as many power poles as anticipated. In order to pay the engineer through the grant, a request for qualifications must be posted. The council agreed to post the RFQ.
The scrap metal and vehicles at the Fredonia Town Yard were discussed. Watson suggested a request for proposals for metal removal be posted. He would like to see the metal removal procedure streamlined to maximize profits, and so employees have only one person/company to contact.
The vehicles will be assessed to determine which will be auctioned and which will be sold as scrap. The council voted to post the RFP for metal removal.
The Fredonia Water Project is nearing an end. In a letter to the council, Russ Funk of Sunrise Engineering requested substantial completion documents be approved and the majority of funds be released. He informed the council that there appears to be less than $20,000 worth of work remaining, so suggested all but that amount be released to Johansen. The Fredonia Town Council agreed to the request.