The Storm Lake City Council this week officially gave its seal of approval to hiring interim City Administrator Patti Moore as permanent city administrator.
Moore filled the position vacated by John Call who was asked to resign in August. She will receive the same salary as Call, $82,199 yearly.
Moore, who has served as city clerk for the past 12 years, will continue in that position until the Council hires her replacement. Moore has actually served as interim city administrator for a total of about one year, including two prior city administrator vacancies.
"I think your experience with the city has been very valuable," said Mayor Jon Kruse of Moore's service to the City of Storm Lake.
"I have the utmost confidence in Patti," said council person Jim Treat.
In other business coming before the Council Monday, Ray Imming of American Concrete presented the 2005 Excellence in Concrete Award to Mayor Jon Kruse for concrete work done on Sale Barn Road/C49. The award was given by the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
Jack Kooker presented a number of issues and concerns to the Council. Kooker's points were as follows:
*The resignation of former City Administrator John Call. "What was the secrecy all about?" in the city's request that Call resign, Kooker asked. "We gave him a raise and wham, the door went shut on him." Mayor Jon Kruse addressed Kooker's point, saying Call's departure was a personnel matter and that the city was restricted from making public comment due to privacy laws.
*"Your decision to hire Patti Moore should be applauded," Kooker said, referring to Moore's being hired as permanent city administrator.
*Kooker asked about the status of a previous sister city relationship with Taitung, Taiwan and questioned the city's pursuit of a sister city arrangement with Ayotlan, Mexico. Kruse said the relationship with the Taitung has been inactive for several years and that Storm Lake is just in the discussion stage regarding a sister city relationship with Ayotlan.
*Kooker applauded relocation of the log house and school formerly in Sunrise Park to just west of the Buena Vista County Historical Society building. "What corner sure looks attractive," Kooker said.
*Parks Superintendent Bob Williams should be praised for his work on city parks, Kooker said.
*Kooker asked the Council whether it would be possible to move more quickly on prohibiting vehicle parking in front yards of single-dwelling residences.
*Inebriated patrons of local pubs were a concern of Kooker's.
*Kooker supported those taking out nomination papers for city office.
*Kooker said more attention should be paid to Veterans Day observances in the city. "I do think it's unfortunate that Veterans Day does not receive the attention that it did when I was a boy," agreed Jim Treat. "We're indebted to those people. And unfortunately we lose track of that."
The Council approved first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow Heritage Bank to build a handicap access ramp in the alley west of the former Abner Bells Coffee House building at 210 E. Fifth St.
Also approved was first reading of an ordinance amendment increasing the maximum allowable height of structures in the city.
The Council approved final acceptance of the pool demolition project at $16,275. The original engineer's estimate for the project was $48,000.
Also approved was a bid by Lundell Construction for $74,795 for the island removal project at Casino Bay. Final approval was pending Natural Resource Commission approval. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will repay the city for the total cost of the project.
The Council approved first reading of an ordinance that would bring designated handicap parking areas at polling places in line with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.