BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Maumee City Council has put on hold a decision to hire a new full-time city employee to manage and administer Maumee’s computer network system.
The decision came after a split vote at the October 1 meeting when council member Dave Kissinger requested that council reconsider previously approved legislation that would have allowed the city to hire a new IT manager.
By a vote of 3 to 2, council reversed a prior decision and sent the issue back to the Personnel Committee for further review. Kissinger, along with John Boellner and Scott Noonan, voted in favor of the request while Tracey Elmore and Brent Buehrer voted against it. Council members Tim Pauken and Tom Wagener were out of town and not in attendance at the meeting.
The action took place at the conclusion of the regular meeting, and was not listed as part of the regularly scheduled agenda.
The action is necessary because two members of the Personnel Committee need to reconsider the vote, Kissinger said.
“What I am suggesting is that there is additional information that has come to light since the meeting occurred,” he said.
The decision to create an IT position stemmed from a report submitted jointly by the Finance and Economic Development and Personnel committees. The report, dated September 11, concluded that the city could reduce its reliance on outside sources for IT services by having an in-house staff manager handle it. The new manager would be paid an annual salary between $55,000 and $71,000 and would be responsible for the development, oversight, management and coordination of the city’s IT functions. Currently, the city utilizes CMI for those services at a cost of $81,000 annually.
Buehrer was clearly frustrated with members of council who took action to reverse the previous decision.
“In my 20 years of being on council this is the most dysfunctional council I have ever dealt with, and damn it, the public deserves better,” he said
Also at the meeting, council took the following action:
• Authorized an agreement with InnovaLiner for sewer line repair in the amount of $5,285. The work will take place on Rosedale Street.
• Approved a contract with Bob Pauly Roofing for removal and replacement of the roof at the vehicle maintenance building. Cost of the repair is $13,000 for the building, which is located at 210 Illinois Ave.
• Approved an encroachment request for the installation of a parking lot at First Presbyterian Church, located at 200 E. Broadway St.
• Approved the replacement of four garage doors at the Maumee fire station No. 2 on Dussel Drive. Darkinson Doors will complete the work at a cost of $10,250.