Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 9, 2014

Park City Commission members approve mowing position

PARK CITY — Park City commissioners voted 3-1 Monday to hire Nathan Monroe to do maintenance work and mowing.

Monroe previously held the city’s contract for the services. The city paid him $15,860 a year for maintenance and $15,000 for mowing, according to a previous Daily Times report.

Monroe will begin work as a city employee Aug. 1 at a pay rate of $12 an hour. While he will receive retirement benefits, he will not receive health insurance. He will work 32 hours a week, according to City Clerk Peggy Christy.

Commissioners had discussed creating a maintenance position for some time before Monday’s vote. Members of the commission’s maintenance committee reviewed three applications for the position.

“We recommended that due to the experience and all of that ... our recommendation was to hire Nathan Monroe for that position,” said commissioner Vonn Parsley.

Mayor David Lyons said he sat in on the committee’s meeting and that there were two good applicants, “neither of which could write resumes.”

“If I had been going on the resume, I probably wouldn’t have talked to any of them,” Lyons said.

Commissioner Leon Higginbotham cast the only  vote against hiring Monroe. Asked why, Higginbotham said, “I really would rather not say; just my personal opinion.”

Higginbotham was opposed to creating the maintenance position and said in earlier city commission meetings he thought it would cost the city more to hire someone to do the work.

Higginbotham has complained about the work Monroe has done for the city and the amount of hours he submitted to the city for payment.

Monroe began contracting with the city to do mowing and maintenance work in 2008. He was previously employed by the city from 2003 to 2005 to do similar work, according to the Daily Times article.


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