The meeting was led by Councilman Charles Vincent in the absence of Mayor Harold Rideau, who was out of town at a Lane Regional Medical Center board of directors meeting.
A resolution requesting an attorney general’s opinion was approved regarding appointments of city attorney, clerk of council, city auditor and city treasurer which were made June 26 by Rideau and the outgoing council.
The new council took office July 1 and declared the positions vacant.
City Prosecutor Ken Fabre is acting as city attorney and Angela Canady serves as clerk of council, although the resolution asks if, appointed contrary to law, they are entitled to compensation.
No action was taken on a contract with Jean Byers, Heritage Museum director and coordinator of programs, projects and events, until an addition suggested by Councilman Pete Heine is made allowing Byers or the city to terminate the contract with 30 days’ notice.
The contract with the city engineer, PEC, was deferred again because of complaints on the quality of the street overlays. An independent engineering/road construction firm is evaluating completed work and a report is forthcoming.
Connectivity Two Designs Inc. was approved to provide IT services and The Advocate was approved as the official municipal journal for fiscal year 2012-13.
Other positions awaiting the attorney general’s decision include the city auditor, a position currently held by Mary Sue Stages CPA; and the city treasurer held by Monise Scott.
Other business before the council included:
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: None of the council members has made any of their assigned appointments, although Vincent expects to have two by the next council meeting
CHARTER CHANGES: A work session will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6, to begin reviewing the charter. Any changes will require a vote of the people.