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Firm OK’d to recruit administrator

By Staff | Nov 18, 2008

The Estherville City Council Monday moved a step closer in recruiting and selecting a new city administrator.

The council unanimously approved a proposed agreement with Springsted Inc. of St. Paul, Minn., which will provide executive search services.

It was some time ago when current city administrator, Steve Woodley, announced his decision to retire mid-year in 2009.

A memo from Estherville City Attorney Gordon Forsyth urged the council to change section 6.4 in the contract. Titled Governing Law, it reads, “The

Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.”

It is Forsyth’s contention that the state of “Iowa” should replace “Minnesota” because most of the action will be taking place in this state.

The board agreed with Forsyth, changed the wording and unanimously approved the agreement.

In a letter to the City of Estherville, officials at Springsted said the firm is “committed to providing the City Council with a thorough, yet concise profile of each position finalist and guiding the city Council through the steps of the selection process. In short, our goal is to provide the City Council with the best information available to make an informed hiring decision.”

In other matters, the council:

n Accepted a transfer of title to a 1.24 acre parcel of land located between 521 and 603 South First Street from the Estherville Industrial Development Corporation.

n Listened to Bob Grems, director of the Regional Wellness Center, who presented a power point presentation on the history and future of the facility. Included was an update on the RWC operation.

n Appointed Dave Seylar as city representative to the RWC Board to replace Sue Nelson.

n Appointed Gene Haukoos to the council labor relations committee.

n Appointed John Wittneben and Dave Seylar to the council streets and alleys committee with Lori Donovan as chair.

n Passed a motion to suspend the retail cigarette/tobacco permit of Kum & Go No. 444, located at 103 Central Ave., for 30 days because of the third violation of selling to a minor.