The Caliente City Council met June 20 at their normally scheduled meeting, their last as acting council before the newly elected City Council members take office.
A large portion of the meeting was dedicated to approving contracts for six city employees. Public comment at the beginning of the meeting was met by a number of residents, as well as attorney Dylan Frehner and newly elected mayor Stana Hurlburt, asking that the possible approval of the contracts be tabled until next month?s meeting to allow the new City Council members the opportunity to discuss the action.
Gaylon Baker received a one-year contract that begins Oct. 1, as a consultant. Mayor Ashley Moore, Councilwoman JoLyn Cardinal, Councilman Evan Schimbeck and Councilman Tom Acklin voted in favor of the contract. Councilman Jones voted nay.
Jerry Carter, new city utility foreman, was contracted for five years with no salary increase. Those who voted in favor of the contract were Mayor Moore, and council members Schimbeck, Cardinal and Acklin. Jones voted nay.
Chris Glassburn was awarded a six month contract as assistant utility foreman. Those who voted in favor of the contract were Mayor Moore, and council members Schimbeck, Cardinal and Acklin. Jones voted nay.
Kelli Haluzak was awarded contract as deputy city clerk for five years. Those who voted in favor of the contract were Mayor Moore, and council members Cardinal and Acklin. Jones and Schimbeck voted nay.
Jo Whitlock, city clerk, was contracted for five years. Those who voted in favor of the contract were Mayor Moore, and council members Cardinal and Acklin. Jones and Schimbeck voted nay.
John Brown, attorney for the City of Caliente was renewed for an annual contract that ends June 30. Those who voted in favor of the contract were Mayor Moore, and council members Cardinal and Acklin. Jones and Schimbeck voted nay.
Attorney Brown said there were expressed concerns and the intent of the contracts was, ?in essence, to follow through with agreements made.?
Mayor Moore and councilmen Schimbeck and Acklin performed their last as council members.
The newly elected city officials will be sworn in at a special meeting scheduled for July 1, at 7 a.m. Councilman Jones? seat was not up for election this year, and will be staying as an acting council member. Appointed councilwoman Cardinal, Cody Christensen and Steve Rowe comprise the remaining elected council, while Stana Moore will take position as Mayor.
Among other business at the meeting was Wes Henderson, executive director of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities. He presented an update for the League of Cities, and shared information about the latest legislative session bills passed that affect the city.
Gordon Wadsworth from Dolan & Edwards Insurance next spoke regarding the 2013 -2014 POOL/PACT insurance policy renewal. Originally presented to the Council June 6, Wadsworth returned with a new deductible of $500 per loss, and a $70,237.96 policy. Wadsworth said the city averages two to three claims per year. Savings for the city amounted to $2,853.
The council moved and voted to accept the policy.
The budget was discussed, and the following augments were provided for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year: the General Fund by $5,550; Room Tax Fund by $10,000; Streets and Roads by $120,847; Municipal Court Fees Fund by $1,790; Flood Relief by $5,457; Special Ad Valorem Capital Projects Fund by $27,996; Fire Capital Projects Fund by $40,000; and Utility Waste Enterprise Fund by $10,000.
The discussion of the employee handbook for review and possible revision of section 10 and how it relates with the City Council regarding employee discipline and/or termination process was tabled again.