The Cherokee City Council voted four to one to seek a part-time custodian for the Cherokee Community Center, initially setting the hours at 20 per week and the wages at $8.50 per hour.
Currently there is no custodian for the community center. In the past there had been two half-time custodians.
Linda Peterson, the community center director, has been doing some of the janitorial functions and some have just not been done. Peterson retires in about two months. Connie Ladwig will be dividing her time among different responsibilities, spending about half-time with community center responsibilities.
Dwight Varce, council member, suggested that the council waits until budget time and see how the personnel situation will be handled. He noted that there is the possibility that layoffs will be needed. He added that the city could pay for someone to clean without hiring anyone as a city employee.
Bob Leach, council member, said that it would cost a lot more to have a cleaning service clean the community center than to hire a part-time employee to do it.
Mick Mallory, council member, said that the part-time position appears to be the bare minimum to keep the community center presentable.
Varce cast the only negative vote on the motion to seek a part-time custodian for the community center.
Roger Frisbie of the Cherokee Fire Department was present to discuss a proposal to partially reinstate the part-time salary for the fire chief.
Prior to elimating the salary for this position as of July 1, 2005, Jack Olson had earned $13,860 per year to serve as fire chief. He had agreed to the elimination of the salary as part of the effort to preserve two full-time driver/dispatcher positions on the fire department. The remainder of the fire department staff is volunteer.
Frisbie said that Olson spends many hours making sure equipment is ready. His efforts over the years have been instrumental in improving the fire insurance rating for the city, reducing rates.
Mick Mallory said that he has long been a supporter of the fire department and made a motion that the chief's salary be paid at $500 per month. The motion passed four to one with Varce voting against the motion.
The council voted to accept the lower of two bids for replacement of the natural gas furnace at the Spring Lake Yacht Club.
The low bid of $2,281 for a Lennox furnace plus extenswion of intake and exhaust pipes was from Denny's Service. There is a $250 rebate available making the net cost of the furnace $2,031.50.