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February 17, 2014

Interim city manager contract proposed

A contract proposed to retain an interim city manager to serve while the Joplin City Council looks to hire someone to replace fired City Manager Mark Rohr is on the agenda for a meeting tonight.

The council meeting was postponed from its normal Monday meeting date because city offices were closed in observance of Presidents Day.

After firing Rohr on Feb. 4 for unspecified reasons, a majority of the council voted to appoint the assistant city manager, Sam Anselm, as the interim manager.

According to a staff memo, the terms of Anselm’s interim service would include a starting salary of $125,000. There would be deferred compensation of $420 a month for a retirement plan, four weeks of vacation, 850 hours of sick leave and $500 a month for a car allowance.

Anselm would not be awarded any severance pay, but if the council determines that he should not continue as interim manager, he would return to the job of assistant city manager, according to the memo.

In other business, the council will be asked to authorize a fee agreement that would extend public transportation to residents of Duenweg through the Metro Area Public Transit System. MAPS bus service currently covers Joplin, Carl Junction, Carterville, Webb City and Duquesne. Those cities pay a fee for each resident who rides to help pay the cost of operations.

According to a staff report, there are more than 140,609 rides a year on MAPS buses, and the cities outside Joplin account for between 6,000 and 7,000 of the passengers.

The agreement would set fees to the city of Duenweg starting at $1.50 per rider this year, with an increase of 50 cents per rider each year through 2017.

The council also will be asked to approve a change in the city’s code regarding licenses to sell alcohol.

Currently, the city requires liquor license applicants to request a background check and obtain all inspections before a city license is issued. City approval is required before the applicant can get a state license.

A staff memo states that some business owners become concerned that the licenses will not be available in time for them to sell alcohol at their opening. The proposed change would allow the city to issue a conditional letter of approval that could be used to obtain the state license in order to address those concerns.

The memo notes that alcohol sales would be allowed before the city inspections are complete and the license is issued.

Council approval will be sought to buy a new style of way-finding signs proposed by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The signs, which would point the way to local attractions, would cost $83,061. They would include signs that would guide motorists along Route 66.

The city’s finance director will ask for authorization to amend the city budget by more than $1.7 million to cover a variety of expenses ranging from computer network services to services and payments involving the city’s tax increment finance districts.

Time and place

THE CITY COUNCIL’S formal session is set for 6 p.m. today on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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