CAVE CITY —
Cave City city council members voted 3-2 Wednesday night against an ordinance on first reading that called for the development of a city administrator position.
Council members were concerned how much such a position would cost the city, as well as the duties of the person holding the position. The ordinance called for combining the code enforcement officer’s duties with that of the city’s maintenance supervisor and the assistant city clerk/receptionist, but it did not list salary information for the job.
“I don’t want to create a position without having set a salary,” said Councilman Mike Houchens during the meeting.
Mayor Dwayne Hatcher pointed out the council would only be approving the ordinance on first reading and that it could come back later and set the salary, but Councilman Gary Hogan said he agreed with Houchens. Hogan wanted to make sure the city could afford to pay the salary of a city administrator before voting to approve the ordinance on first reading.
“People are going to want to know how much this is worth,” Hogan said. “And also, I want people to know we’ve paid [off] a lot of expenses. I think we paid an $85,000 note.”
Hatcher explained that he was not trying to create more expense for the city.
“This is actually a savings — a tremendous savings,” Hatcher said.
By creating a city administrator’s position, two other positions — assistant city clerk/receptionist and maintenance supervisor — could be eliminated, which would save the city more than $50,000 in salaries not including health insurance benefits.
For the full story, see the print or e-edition of the Jan. 3 Glasgow Daily Times.