McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will consider approval of an employment agreement with J. Jeff Hancock for the McCook city manager position, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., during their regularly scheduled meeting at Memorial Auditorium. If approved, the agreement would be effective Oct. 24, 2011, and set Hancock's annual salary at $85,000.
Other benefits in the agreement include an additional $5,000 annual reimbursement to cover expenses incurred from utilizing his personal vehicle for city related business; $6,000 to cover moving expenses; and a city paid cell phone.
Hancock would be relocating from Warrensburg, Missouri, and has 30 years of experience as a city manager, city administrator or assistant city manager. During his initial interview with councilors Hancock said he was an open and accepting person who enjoyed meeting people and building lines of communication. He talked about the importance of citizens feeling like he was "our" city manager as opposed to "the" city manager.
"I have a wealth of experience and am a person that loves small communities. I have a good heart and strong values," said Hancock at the close of the September interview.
Councilors will discuss possible changes to the process of introducing and approving ordinances. The changes seek to streamline the approval process and lessen the number of items approved under the three-reading rule, according to the agenda item background. The background information identified the approval of the city manager's salary and the gifting of city property to the McCook Economic Development Corporation, as two previous items that should have been approved on one reading, as opposed to three.
Two public hearings are scheduled during the meeting as well. During the first hearing councilors will review a request to change the approved use of the former East Ward Elementary building from 14 units to 15 units.
The second hearing will focus on a review of the planned development district for the East Ward site. The development desires to create 27 total dwelling units; 15 apartments in the rehabilitated building and six duplexes, as well as a garage building with six garages.
Following each hearing councilors will consider approving the requests.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda;
* Authorization for the city attorney to begin negotiations with respect to a potential real estate purchase for the cation waste disposal system will be considered.
* Councilors will be asked to authorize the use of a $5,434 grant from the Department of Aeronautics to aid in construction of the wildlife fence at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport.
* The letter of agreement between the Department of Roads and the City of McCook will be considered for approval. The letter identifies $50,305 in federal funds, $23,752 in state funds and $23,753 in local matching funds to be used for public transportation from July 2011 to June 2012.
* The agreement between the city and J Bar J Landfill for the deposit of solid waste collected at the city transfer station into the landfill will be considered for renewal.
* City Council will be asked to accept a public water system security sub-grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The McCook public water system was awarded the $3,681 grant to install additional exterior security lights at the water treatment plant.
* City staff will present an amendment to the energy efficiency community block grant aid agreement, pertaining to city shop window and lighting upgrades, for councilors consideration. The amendment would eliminate the lighting portion of the project and continue with insulation and window installations, after initial bids came back higher than anticipated.
* An updated 2011 Local Emergency Operations Plan will be presented for council approval.
* Councilors will consider a proclamation designating the month of October 2011 as 'Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
* McCook National Bank has asked to close off the alley between Norris Avenue and West First Street, from West B to West C, 3 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 29.
* Sehnert's Bakery has requested special liquor licenses to serve alcohol at the Fox Theater and the Keystone Business Center, Nov. 19, during "The Night for Hospice."
* Sehnert's Bakery has requested special liquor licenses for business Christmas parties, Dec. 9,10,16 and 17, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.