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Fredonia Council votes to keep interim town manager for two more years
The Fredonia Town Council received good news at the meeting last week when they were informed the CDBG funding cuts may be less than originally anticipated. Previously, the town expected funding to be cut by approximately 60%, now it looks to be as low as 16%. This proved to be great news to the council considering the pending electrical project.
Russ Funk, Sunrise Engineering, approached the council to clarify and answer any questions or concerns they may have. He explained he read an article in the Southern Utah News indicating the council was upset with a few of the issues regarding the water project. Funk was accompanied by Vice President Marv Wilson, who was available to discuss any issues.
Funk stated he felt there had been a miscommunication regarding the neutral line to the new water treatment facility discussed at the previous meeting. He explained there had been an oversight on his part in adding the item, because he originally thought the issue might be addressed in the budget on the contractor side. However, it had not been added into the bid.
Funk informed the council that with the exception of the reservoir, the water project should reach completion within the next few weeks.
Eric McCormick approached the council to discuss the state of the little league fields. He said between little league and softball, there were 110 kids signed up for the season. He explained the importance of maintaining the fields, and requested the town assist with the efforts. Public Works Director Jay Mackelprang asked McCormick to meet with him to discuss what was necessary to optimize the fields.
The council entered into executive session for the next 42 minutes regarding the interim town manager position held by Dan Watson. Upon return, the council unanimously voted to keep Watson as the interim town manager for a period of two years, at which time they would review.
Watson informed the council of the recent effort to gain funding for the park. Kaboom.org is giving away $15,000 to five communities with the best videos. He and office staff quickly pulled together a video to submit to the competition due the previous week. If chosen, the town would be required to contribute a minimum of $9,000. The council agreed to the commitment if chosen, and discussed the possibility of fundraising.
A public hearing date for June 21 was set to discuss an increase in electrical rates and change in bulk water rates.
The council voted to post positions for pool manager, lifeguards and pool cleaners.