City Council Study Session – 9 May 2017

City Council Study Session                        9 May 2017.           Citizen Minutes

Colorado Quarterly Census of Employment (QECW) Rates Database – The QCEW is a federal program that reports the number of employees and wages for all that pay into the unemployment insurance system representing about 97% of those employed.  The data would be used to help identify the number of people that live and work in Littleton, how many work in Littleton but live elsewhere, and other data collection and tabulation.  The cost is $230 per year.

Budget Update – Tiffany Hooten, Finance Director, provided the council with an update on budget.  There is a TABOR excess.  An excess requires the money be refunded to the taxpayers or for the taxpayers to approve the retention of the excess.   Continue reading

New Mexico’s City Manager of the Year 2016 – J. J. Murphy

At a study session on April 23, 2017 Bill Hopping mentioned on of his favorite candidates for the city manager position.  Again, at the May 2, 2017 meeting he recited a list of qualifications of a particular candidate that he thought was outstanding.  In his statement he said this person was the New Mexico City Manager of the Year in 2016 so I Googled him and this is a sample of what I found on J. J. Murphy.  Based on these three articles I think we might have dodged a bullet!

2017 J. J. MurphyHobbs should terminate city manager_s contract, pay severance | NMPolitics.net. This is the most interesting article of the three.  Mr. Murphy has some legal problems in Pennsylvania that are unresolved. Continue reading

City Council Regular Meeting – 2 May 2017 – City Manager Contract Negotiation??

City Council Regular Meeting                       2 May 2017                    Citizen Minutes

Public Comment

Kyle Schlachter agreed with Doug Clark that Mark Relph would be a great city manager but he did not agree with going around the process to circumvent the public’s will to select the city manager.  He thought it spoke to the public trust and the trust of future applicants if the process is circumvented.  If Mark Relph does not want to go through a competitive process will he not stick his neck out for residents?

Don Bruns applauded the excellent rationale used in last week’s study session as being solid and well reasoned.  He referenced Relph’s professional integrity, his good understanding of the city manager’s role and the council’s role and his comfort dealing with citizens with differing views.  Relph knows the players and recognizes the problems and is even-handed with a welcome measure of humility.  He hoped that council would act in the best interest of the citizens by appointing Mark Relph as city manager. Continue reading

City Council Study Session – 24 April 2017

City Council Regular Meeting.  (Phil Cernanec was absent).            24 April 2017        Citizen Minutes

City Manager Search Update

There were 42 applicants as reported by the consultant.  Doug Clark, after reviewing the second round of applicants, said he would like to offer Mark Relph the position.  He had seen Relph in action.  He is a man of integrity, treats all council members the same,  provides all information to all council members and he proposed to make Mark Relph an offer. Continue reading

City Council Study Session – 11 April 2017

City Council Study Session          11 March 2017      Citizen Minutes

Library and Museum Update – Tim Nimz provided an update.  Visitation is up at both the museum and library.    The library houses the Aging Wellness Center and that has been a big success.  And, last year 175 citizens became naturalized US citizens. Continue reading

City Council Regular Meeting – 4 April 2017

City Council Regular Meeting          4 April 2017         Citizen Minutes.       Bill Hopping was absent.

Public Comment

Jason Verges from 38th State Brewing (co-owner) asked for a variance in the 8000 block of South Park Plaza Drive for parking.  The South Park Neighborhood Association group has denied their request for on-street parking and the streets don’t belong to them so they were asking the council to provide the variance. Continue reading

Letter to Fire Partners from Consultant on Fire Unification 8 April 2017

April 8, 2017

City of Littleton
Littleton Fire Protection District Highlands Ranch Metro District

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The Center for Public Safety Management, LLC, was retained by your respective agencies to conduct a review of the fire consolidation proposal involving your organizations (Littleton Fire Partners) and the South Metro Fire Protection District. On April 5th and 6th, Michael Iacona, our Senior Manager for Fire/EMS, and I were on site and conducted a series of interviews with area fire chiefs, city and district elected officials, and the city’s administrative staff. During these interviews, we were advised by the fire chiefs, who are developing the consolidation proposal, that the draft consolidation document would not be available for review for at least another 30-days (probably mid- May of 2017). We believe that the review of this document is essential to our ability to fully understand the parameters around which the consolidation agreement will be based and for us to provide you with any recommendations regarding its approval.

It is also our opinion that the elected officials of the three partner organizations, are not in control of the consolidation discussion and that the process is being managed without sufficient input or even full awareness of the elected officials who will ultimately bear responsibility for making decisions that will dramatically affect their constituents. Based upon our current knowledge of the status of this potential consolidation we offer the following recommendations;

Recommendation #1
Completion of our study be delayed until we receive the proposed unification agreement and can closely review this document.

In addition, we observed a nearly unanimous opinion amongst each of the respective elected boards and the city council, that the current review process was insufficient in providing the level of understanding needed for them to move forward in their review process.

Recommendation #2
A Consolidation Review Group be established under the coordination of the Littleton City Manager’s office.

This team should be responsible for the oversight of this process including the development of the proposal; insuring its legal sufficiency; verification of financial estimates and insuring that the relevant personnel guidelines are being adhered to. We believe that the team necessary to provide this level of oversight should include representation from each of the partner agencies, and members of the city’s financial, legal, and Human Resources staff. Furthermore, we believe that this group should be the conduit responsible for the dissemination of documents to all involved parties of all related information and to provide periodic updates to each of the elected bodies and be responsible for developing the applicable timelines for implementation. CPSM believes that our ability to interact with an oversight group charged with this effort will be a more effective method in obtaining the required information needed in developing our analysis.

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