The Washington City Council will look further into streamlining the municipal government when the council considers removing board approval of salaries for three positions.
City Administrator Darren Lamb Monday told the council that ordinances addressing pay for the city clerk, finance director, and the community economic development director will be presented Oct. 16.
A similar policy was approved earlier this year that removed board approval for the city’s emergency management director when Mark Skornia was appointed to the post.
If the ordinances are approved, the city administrator is the only position that will require salary to be approved by ordinance.
According to Lamb, the city now has a compensation plan that helps to determine salaries for the clerk, finance director and the economic development director positions.
“We already have a pay plan in place and this is one less ordinance that you will have to deal with,” he said.
Lamb explained the three positions report to the city administrator and performance evaluations are conducted by staff.
“There were five different positions that needed council approval every year,” Lamb told The Missourian. “It was a little archaic.”
State statute does not require the salaries for those positions be approved by the city council.
The ordinance removing the council’s requirement to approve the salary of the economic development director positions also will eliminate the three-person economic development board.
Last month, Lamb told the administration/operations committee the idea to eliminate the board stems from the hiring of Sal Maniaci as the city’s community economic development director. Lamb, who had previously served in the position, said Chapter 155 of the city code is outdated.
The code calls for a three-person board made up of the mayor, chairman of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and the president of the Washington Civic Industrial Corporation. Portions of the chapter addresses when the board meets and how it’s supposed to operate.
Lamb said the code was written when the development director position was created in the mid-1980s. He said he reviewed the chapter and, after discussing it with City Attorney Mark Piontek, decided it was no longer needed.
After his consultation with Piontek, Lamb said there was nothing in Chapter 155 that was needed for the city moving forward.
Lamb said when the position was created, the Chamber contributed money to pay for the director’s salary. He said the Chamber still contributes $14,000 annually for “economic development activities.” That agreement would stay in place if the chapter is revoked.