City Council Meeting 16 May 2017 – City Manager Appointed

City Council Regular Meeting and Study Session                   16 May 2017                       Citizen Minutes

Public Comment

Kent Bagley told council they should follow their process for hiring the city manager.

Greg Reinke spoke on  behalf of the downtown merchants about the new (and expensive) way finding signs in downtown Littleton.  He was asking the council to reconsider their decision to ban sandwich boards out in front of shops.  The new signs point people down the side streets and there are way too many merchants than what can be accommodated on the signs.   Continue reading

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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