During Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting of the Mason City Commission, the group saved one of their most anticipated pieces of business for last on the agenda - the hiring of a new city administrator. That position has been vacant since the departure of Brian Boudreaux several months ago and Mayor Brent Hinckley has been performing the duties in the interim.
The Commission went into executive session to discuss the applicants and were there for only a short while before returning with a motion to hire Scooter Radcliff at a starting salary of $48,000 per year. Radcliff was the city administrator of Bellmead, Texas, for 19 years before leaving that position in May of this year. He will start in January of 2010.
In other business, the Commission heard the second reading of the revised "Nuisance Ordinance," dealing with unsightly and unhealthy conditions of properties, and how the city will deal with those landowners or tenants. Discussion was rather long, and the most contentious items concerned the ability of the code enforcement officer to proactively seek out offenders rather than waiting for items to be reported to the City.
John Copeland, the Code Enforcement Officer, explained to the Commission that he is required as part of his duties and certification to actively seek out violations and to deal with the offenders. He also explained that he works as hard as possible to work out solutions to the violations rather than pursuing legal options whenever possible. The new ordinance goes into effect immediately.
County Clerk Pam Beam also appeared before the Commission to discuss changes in the procedures for the City Plat Records. She and Mark Watson explained some of the problems with the current system, and offered possible solutions to the group. Because some of the changes would require modifications to the City fee schedule, and that item was not on the agenda, the Commission will address it at their January meeting.
The Commission also accepted all three of the high bids submitted for the properties they had advertised for sale: Sarla Street, and two lots in the Mason Industrial Park. Bobby Parker was the accepted bidder on the Sarla Street property, while Mason Greenstar and Habitat for Humanity of Mason were the accepted bidders on the lots at the Industrial Park.
The meeting adjourned shortly before 8:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on January 11, 2010.