On August 20, 2019, the Hope City Board had a relatively light agenda.
At the immediate start of the meeting, the City Board went into closed, executive session for the purpose of discussing the upcoming performance review of long-time city manager Catherine Cook. Cook’s city manager contract is up for an extension this Summer and the City Board will perform a performance evaluation.
On the horizon for next year is the 2020 Federal Census. The City Board adopted a resolution to create a “Complete Count Committee” to support the Census to “Count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.”
The City Board discussed a change in the City of Hope personnel handbook to create “light duty.” When an employee is placed on light duty, that employee’s pay rate is not normally changed according to City Manager, Catherine Cook. The Board voted to adopt the changes to the Personnel Handbook unanimously.
The Board voted to approve urban bow hunting again this year. Last year three deer were harvested. Those who are interested can go to City Hall to apply for a permit. Applicants must have a driver’s license, hunting license, and permission from property owner.
In Citizen’s Requests, Mary George stated she has multiple electric meters for the same property and receives multiple charges for trash pickup. Mayor Montgomery stated that the policy of the City Board is to receive a trash pickup charge per meter, regardless of occupancy or number of buildings.
In business from board members, Director Trevor Coffee and spouse of Jodi Coffee, Director of the Hope Farmer’s Market, brought up concerns with the Farmer’s Market Pavilion which was recently constructed in downtown Hope. The sprinkler systems still needs fine tuning and the fans which were originally installed have already deteriorated. They are not going to work for the pavilion’s purposes and will be changed out once a new fan model is selected.
The next City Board meeting is slated for Tuesday, September 3, 2019.