City administrator resigns abruptly after CC meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2009

After 33 months on the job, Cassville City Administrator Mike Hayslip has resigned from his post. His resignation took place following the closed session portion of Monday night's city council meeting.

Due to confidentiality laws associated with personnel issues, Mayor Tracy Holle said the city would not be making any formal statement concerning Hayslip's resignation.

"The City of Cassville has competent, well trained leadership staff in place to continue with the current plans adopted by council and within the approved budget," said Holle.

The mayor said no decisions had been made regarding the hiring of a new city administrator.

"In the near future, we will look at making a decision to accept applications," said Holle. "The transition will be as smooth as possible. Nothing has changed with our vision, and nothing will be delayed."

Hayslip's resignation takes effect immediately.

Before going into closed session Monday night, the Cassville City Council acted upon several agenda items, including approval of an ordinance that amends the city's animal nuisance law.

Under the new law, animals picked up and taken to the city's pound would be held for no more than seven days. If the owner of the animal does not claim it within seven days, the animal will be euthanized or sold.

Owners who come to claim their animals from the pound must pay a non-refundable fee of $25 for each day the animal is kept in the pound before they can take possession of their pet. In addition, owners will be required to provide the city with a copy of the animal's current immunizations, including a rabies vaccination.

The ordinance also allows for the euthanization of animals that are determined to be vicious.

Before approving the new ordinance, Alderman Pete Landstad again voiced his desire that the city enact a leash law and enforce it. Alderman Terry Heinz agreed with Landstad.

"I don't think there's anything unfair about having a leash law," said Heinz. "It's a public safety issue and makes owners be responsible."

In other business, the council:

* Approved a rezoning request submitted by Becky Hodge to rezone her property from R-2 to R-S. With residential-suburban zoning, Hodge will be able to keep up to five horses on the five acres of property she owns behind her residence on 13th Street. The request was submitted to the council with the approval of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. Aldermen Dennis Baker and Pete Landstad voted in favor of the rezoning and Alderman Terry Heinz voted against it.

* Authorized Economic Development Director Eugene Dilbeck to enter into negotiations with BWR, of Kansas City, to serve as airport consultants under a five-year agreement. The decision was made after the council reviewed proposals submitted by BWR and TranSystems, of Kansas City.

* Rejected all five bids received for chain link fence for the Aquatic Park. The project will be rebid with specifications for nine-gauge, black vinyl-coated core fencing with top and bottom rails.

* Heard from Gail Purves, a local resident who owns seven to eight rental houses in Cassville, concerning an ordinance the council discussed, but did not pass, at the March 2 council meeting. The ordinance would increase the required water account deposit for renters and make landlords responsible for their tenants' unpaid utility bills. "I'd hate to see the city consider moving on this," said Purves. "You'll end up with no rental houses in the city of Cassville." Purves suggested the city run instant credit checks on new water customers.

* Discussed the upcoming city-wide spring clean-up, which has been scheduled for April 6 through April 10. During this week, Allied Waste will pick up additional trash from residents during its regular curbside service.

* Listened to a presentation by Darelyn Cooper, the city's finance officer, concerning safeguards that are in place to ensure a situation of missing money like what occurred recently in Nixa does not occur in Cassville. "I do believe our safeguards are very, very tight," said Cooper. "I think we have an excellent system."

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