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2/16/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Charlotte accepts resignation, seeks new maintenance worker

By Andy Leheney

Winter has been a busy time for the Charlotte City Council.

In both January and February, the council held an additional meeting to conduct business.

Following the Jan. 8 regular meeting, the council also met in special session Jan. 15, at which time it accepted the resignation of Bill Heiar, who had served as the community's maintenance employee. During the open forum of the council's previous meeting, several residents criticized Heiar's work performance, but Heiar disputed the complaints.

In October, Heiar was identified as the individual who filed safety concerns with the city's insurance provider, which resulted in the closure of the Charlotte Area Activity Center (CAAC) just prior to its annual Halloween haunted house and subsequent events. The city is addressing the safety concerns and subsequently began considering a proposal for a not-for-profit group to run CAAC activities.

Mayor Peggy Sellnau appointed council members Kellee Clarke and Jim Keller to serve as a committee to seek a replacement for the maintenance position.

Planning for the 2013-14 budget occurred during the remainder of the meeting.

Highlights of the Feb. 5 meeting included scheduling a hearing at the March 5 meeting to consider bids for the community's water improvement project; authorizing a loan agreement related to the project; discussing a lease for the use of the CAAC; and approving the election of the city's fire chief.

Bids are due Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at city hall for the water improvement project that will "blend" water from two wells in order to maintain water radium levels within acceptable limits.

The council also passed a resolution approving a water revenue loan and disbursement agreement as part of the funding for the water improvement project.

Council members further discussed a lease agreement between the city and a newly formed not-for-profit group, Citizens for Charlotte, which would manage the Charlotte Area Activity Center (CAAC). The lease agreement may be considered for review at the March 5 meeting.

Dave Sellnau was re-elected Charlotte fire chief by the city's volunteer fire fighters.

A presentation on domestic violence was made to the council by a YWCA representative.

The council will consider a donation to the program at its March 5 meeting.

The city council was scheduled to meet in special session Feb. 12. The meeting would feature the final reading of an ordinance to raise the city's water rates; interviewing candidates for the city's vacant maintenance position; considering appointment of city committee members and a mayor pro tem; receiving the monthly department reports and the January sheriff's report; and reviewing a proposed complaint form.

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