City manager search continues
by Gary Kent
Feb 13, 2014 | 270 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members were told Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, that the city had received six applications from individuals interested in the city manager’s position here.

Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend said he wanted the city to have a larger number of resumes from interested applicants before he begins paring down a list of finalists for the council to review.

Townsend said he would like to divide the lists of applicants into two or three groups before taking that step.

“Hopefully, more applications will come in,” Townsend said.

If they do not, he said the council may have to approve a more active recruiting.

The city manager also told the council that the city has been taking a number of steps to improve the operation at the George P. Morrill, I Wastewater Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.

Townsend said the city is trying to recruit three new operators at the plant.

Also, in an attempt to improve communications between the different shifts at the plant, the schedules have been changed to allow a 20-minute overlap of staff members at the facility.

That will allow the operators who are leaving their shifts more time to inform their relief crews of any problems that might be of concern, he said.

Also, the city staff has been looking at how the city can improve the pay of licensed operators at the plant.

The staff has been studying difficulties at the water treatment plant since an accident caused clogged filters at the facility several weeks ago, leaving Beeville without dependable water service for about a day and a half.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Accept monthly reports from the Beeville Police Department and Municipal Court.

— Authorize the city staff to reimburse the Texas Department of Agriculture $18,750 which the city received for the New Haven Development of the Silver Oaks Assisted Living Project.

That project was not completed within the three-year deadline for a grant to partially fund the development.

— Take no action on a report from Townsend concerning a meeting with Texas Department of Transportation officials in Austin regarding a $1 million grant for the Beeville Municipal Airport.

— Accept a status report on the need to hire an attorney to review a 423-page draft of proposals for the city’s ordinances on fines at City Hall.

The council was told that many of the ordinances are not in compliance with current state law.
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