The split-duty administration regimen at Orchard City Town Hall has ended.
Full town administrator duties along with the official title were given to Melissa Oelke by the town trustees at their Dec. 11 meeting.
For over a year, Town Clerk Oelke and Public Works Director Mike Morgan had shared town administration oversight on an "inside/outside of town hall" duty split with each taking an equal share of the $125,000 total annual pay package.
Following an executive session lasting almost an hour, the trustees voted to appoint Oelke as town administrator and authorized Mayor Don Suppes to sign a contract with her. Oelke will retain the title and duties of town clerk.
Morgan, who was absent from the meeting for a personal matter, will retain his public works director role, Suppes said. No compensation details of the change were announced.
In other business at its regular Dec. 11 meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• The trustees agreed to cooperate with the county sheriff and county mapping department on a county map of registered sex offender residences in the county and including those registered and living in Orchard City.
• The board approved a 3.2-percent beer carry-out liquor license for the Cory Store.
• Trustees adopted a resolution directing the town clerk to have the April 1, 2014, municipal election conducted by the Delta County Clerk's office, elections department, via mail ballot.
• Trustees approved increasing from $3,750 to $5,028 its share of materials costs for upgrade of the West Thornton pipeline.
• Trustee Gale Doudy noted that the U.S. Forest Service had filed a "notice of intervention" on the town's small hydro power permit application. However, the agency did not state what part of the project it might be contesting.
"How can they notice to intervene without saying what they want to contest?" Doudy asked. He said he had tried to contact the agency for an explanation and ended up talking to an answering machine.
"I doubt very seriously that I will hear back," he remarked.blog comments powered by Disqus