Posted on May 13, 2014

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Transaction Wire

Middletown to interview city manager candidates this week

Portage could name acting city manager, search firm for permanent city manager at Tuesday’s meeting

Mayor, City Council want Tommy Gonzalez as next city manager

McAllen City Commission takes first steps toward hiring new city manager

Bethel city council votes unanimously to fire city manager

Youatt submits his letter of resignation


High 5

1) City agrees to partner with YMCA to run Radcliffe Pool – The Lexington City Council agreed during its regular meeting on Monday night to partner with the J. Smith Young YMCA to mange and operate Radcliffe Pool for the 2014 summer season.

2) Bankrupt Stockton says final creditor won’t budge – An attorney for the largest city in California to seek bankruptcy protection told a judge Monday that he has tried to reach a deal with Stockton’s last major creditor, but the company is not budging.

3) Fenton City Council looks at repealing prohibition on Sunday morning alcohol sales – our years after the Fenton City Council barred Sunday morning alcohol sales in the face of changing Michigan laws, the council is taking a second look at those rules.

4) Reporters kicked out of Dallas City Hall communications center tour – The Mosley Motel is known around town as much for its less-than-stellar reputation as for its familiar slogan, “Where class meets economy.”

5) Dayton city election results challenged, said to have errors – According to a report from City Secretary Melinda Soliday on behalf of Mayor Felix Skarpa, on Monday morning, the city manager’s office received a phone call from Troy Barton, who intends to file an objection against the election process used in the May 10 city council election.


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San Dimas City Council to decide on final approval for rehab center – Final approval for development of another facility in the CareMeridian rehabilitation network will come before the City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Goleta Seeks Public Input on Hiring of New City Manager – With the departure of its city manager, the City of Goleta will be asking residents about their priorities and what they want in the next city manager at a town hall meeting as well as on social media.

Modesto likely to OK contracts for city attorney, interim city manager – The Modesto City Council on Tuesday night is expected to approve contracts for an interim city manager and with a law firm to serve as city attorney. The council meeting also is expected to be City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s last before he leaves for another job.

City manager candidate sees ‘opportunities’ here – Cathy Davison, a former city manager in Steubenville, Ohio, sees a lot of potential in Middletown.

Dover committee spars over mayor job – Members of council’s legislative, finance and administration committee discussed that question Monday night — and deferred further discussion until after the June 17 special election for a new mayor.

Watertown City Council leans toward spending $500,000 from fund balance to offset tax hike – Faced with a 22 percent tax rate increase, the majority of the Watertown City Council informally agreed Monday night to dip into the piggy bank and use $500,000 from the fund balance.

KC considers issuing debt for streetcar expansion studies – Kansas City is considering issuing special obligation bonds to help pay for the planning of the streetcar system’s proposed second phase.

Sriracha owner says he will stay in Irwindale, consider expanding to Texas – With the Lone Star flag flying over his plant, Sriracha sauce maker David Tran gave Texas officials a first-hand look at the 650,000-square-foot plant that neighbors say stinks.

Poquoson Council approves 10-cent tax rate increase – The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to raise the city’s property tax rate 10 cents from 97 cents to $1.07 per $100 assessed value, which is on top of a 5-cent increase levied this year. The increase will raise the annual tax bill on a $200,000 home by $200.

Santa Cruz council to mull study on restricting Beach Hill meters – The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to study setting aside 25 metered parking spaces on summer weekends for residential permit holders who bemoan a lack of available spots near their seaside homes.

Sioux City Council advances auto dealership zoning change – The Sioux City Council on Monday advanced a plan to allow for a new Nissan dealership on Singing Hills Boulevard, but stopped short of final approval due to disagreement over an intersection leading to the proposed site.



Forest Grove City Council docket: Community Enhancement funds, City Manager evaluation guidelines – The Forest Grove City Council on Monday will discuss how funds will be distributed to projects that will enhance the community.

San Antonio Spurs team bus hits TriMet bus in downtown Portland on way to Moda Center – Give TriMet’s No. 35 credit for Tuesday night’s first big defensive play against the San Antonio Spurs.

Multnomah County Circuit Court’s transition to eCourt going smoothly so far – On a typical day, Multnomah County Circuit Court’s presiding judge had a call docket —  a list of cases with approaching trial dates — that was 50 pages long.

Why Portland is footing bill to replace private sewer connections for West Hills but not the eastside – Portland is spending an estimated $1.25 million replacing sewer pipes on private property in the West Hills and may soon foot the bill for an additional $2.85 million for more upgrades.

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Manager of Lakeview and Stanton is frontrunner for Port Huron job – The manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview is the frontrunner for the same position in his hometown. According to The Times Herald, the Port Huron City Council unanimously selected James Freed, 29, as their top candidate for city manager job at a special meeting Saturday. Contract negotiations are currently pending.

Yakima to Ellensburg commuter service to continue – After two months of uncertainty, number-crunching and occasional finger-pointing, the city of Yakima has found a new operator for the Yakima-Ellensburg Commuter.

Fireworks restrictions in Eugene on City Council agenda – The City of Eugene may move to restrict fireworks to New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.

Yakima City Council members talk up civic pride – Yakima is better than it thinks, members of the City Council told the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Now it’s time for more residents to stand up and change the perception that it isn’t.


Pure Midwest

Saginaw City Council hears about special funds in city’s $125 million budget – Though the city’s general fund takes up much of Saginaw City Council’s time, it represents only about one-quarter of the total city budget.

City ‘year in review’ highlights collaboration – The city of Springfield has completed a “year in review” report that highlights initiatives, projects, programs and events in Springfield during 2013.

University City council members feuding over several issues – While a candidate elected by a narrow margin has been delayed by a court action from taking his seat, infighting is splitting the rest of the University City City Council.

Detroit’s manager to make city’s case before lawmakers – Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr will formally address the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday as lawmakers prepare to decide whether to help the city settle its historic bankruptcy with an infusion of $194.8 million in cash and 11 bills that would allow for the contribution.

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South by Southwest

City manager: Virgin America’s move to Love Field official – After more than a week of formal consideration, Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said the city consented to Virgin America’s sub-lease of two gates at Love Field.

Gonzalez gets high marks from business – The selection of El Paso’s next city manager could come this week, at a special City Council meeting on Monday or at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

New Lindale City Manager expected to be introduced next week – The Lindale City Council will hold a meeting Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Lindale City Hall to introduce the new manager for the City of Lindale. Following interviews on Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Council offered the position to Craig Lindholm, currently employed with the City of Texarkana.

City manager finalist from N.C. known for budgets, getting things done – When employees of Wake County, N.C., were discovered abusing credit cards to pay for trips to Walt Disney World and whale-watching adventures, David Cooke acted swiftly.

Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Hill’s Vision of a Car-Free Downtown – Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Hill: steadfast opponent of LGBT rights, veteran race baiter, lover of poorly designed inner-city freeways, and … passionate advocate for walkable urban spaces?


The Southeast

Hampton City Council to decide future of multimillion-dollar trail – The city has already spent millions of dollars buying land from homeowners along Newmarket Creek and clearing the properties to make way for a trail traversing one of Coliseum Central’s last remaining natural vistas.

Delray officials to discuss inspector general reprimand of city manager – Chapman was reprimanded by the county’s inspector general on May 6 for misleading commissioners about a $60,000 purchase of garbage carts and then also misleading investigators while under oath.

City of Spartanburg considers tax increase – Spartanburg city residents would pay a slight tax increase, and city employees would get a marginal raise under a management budget proposal.

Roanoke to privatize downtown parking enforcement – The city is outsourcing on-street parking enforcement to the same contractor that has operated and managed city-owned parking garages and surface lots for at least six years: Atlanta-based Lancor.

Buyers for city-owned property must pay taxes – Council approves new policy allowing the city to refuse bids from those who owe back taxes.

Fayetteville City Council weighs tax increase to pay for more police – Fayetteville City Council heard a proposal Monday night that could end up putting more police officers on the city’s streets, while also costing taxpayers.

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