New payroll administrator hired

At Council’s Nov. 11 meeting, members approved the hiring of Marcy Janus as payroll administrator. She will begin working Dec. 2 at a rate of $25.50 per hour, and will succeed payroll clerk Janice Lewandowski when the latter retires in April 2020. Janus’ pay rate as of April will be $27.50.

Finance Director Tim Clymer pointed out that city officials looked at hiring a third party for the payroll administrator position or automating the process, but determined that having an in-house person is a better option.

“We believe automating is a possibility in the future, but not yet,” he said.

In addition to performing the duties that Lewandowski handles now, Clymer said Janus could take over some of the human resources director’s clerical duties.

That way, the city would not have to hire an assistant to the HR director.

“We tried to address the importance of the position as best we could,” said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.

GIS service contract OK’d

Council approved a $58,171 contract with WSOS Community Action Commission to provide comprehensive GIS services from Feb. 1, 2020 to Dec. 23, 2023.

Receptionist, contractual service technicians brought on board

Also in personnel matters, Erin Lumpkins was OK’d as a part-time Town Hall receptionist/secretary, and David Trevathan and Matthew Pieffer as contractual service technicians.

Trees bought for Beljon Farms

Council approved the purchase and planting of trees in the Beljon subdivision at a cost of $13,062. The Davey Tree Farm will be paid $7,574 for 56 trees and Peterman Landscaping will be paid $5,488 for planting.

Parks-Recreation Director Laura Holman said Pulte Homes paid the city $18,850 for the Beljon Farms project, with the excess money being used for tree maintenance in 2020.

Software upgrade for planning, zoning

A software upgrade to improve scheduling, tracking and reporting activities and fees associated with planning, zoning and building department functions was moved on to second reading. The contract would be with GeoDecisions, and the service would cost $15,518.

Upcoming events

Womer Benjamin reminded residents of the following upcoming holiday events: Turkey Trot distance run on Nov. 28 at the high school, tree lighting and holiday show Nov. 30 at Bicentennial Park/Aurora Memorial Library and breakfast with Santa Dec. 7 at the Bertram Inn.

— Compiled by Correspondent Ken Lahmers