F’ville seeks one in admin, holds off on another
Farmersville began filling vacant administrative positions by hiring one and beginning the process to hire another.
At its June 24 meeting, the Farmersville City Council appointed Erika Haro to the position of Deputy City Clerk. Interim City Manager Mario Krstic said it was important to fill the position quickly to help the city move forward with its reorganization at the administrative level. The City Council also announced it would begin the search for a new Financial Planner, a position formerly held by Patty Miller, and that the City was going to wait about six months to consider hiring a City Manager to replace Renee Miller who retired last month.
Krstic said the position of Financial Planner is a vital position and if left unfilled for any length of time would be, “detrimental to the efficient function of the City.”
Farmersville resident Al Vanderslice had questions about the appointment of Haro.
“Everyone in town is talking and we know money is missing,” said Vanderslice. “I just want to make sure you are not just hiring someone’s buddies that will just look over things. Maybe some one more objective, an outside agency, should investigate. We had money missing at the school and we turned it over to the police department, so it did not look like we were trying to cover anything up.”
Krystic responded, “First of all, if any evidence is acquired that will all be turned over to the city attorney and the District Attorney’s Office. The Deputy City Clerk has no part in that. The clerk is responsible for getting documents signed and getting meeting agendas ready.”
The City Council also voted to change the make-up of the newly formed recreation commission. The change will allow people living outside of the city limits to serve on the commission. This will allow Rene Griffie-Stewart to serve on the committee. Stewart has been a long time coach and volunteer for girls softball in Farmersville and was not allowed on the committee because she was not a Farmersville resident.
“I am grateful to the council,” said Stewart. “I just felt hurt before, like they did not want me to be a part of it.”
The council also voted to approve the emergency replacement of an HVAC unit at the Civic Center occupied by the Tulare County Fire Department. The replacement cost is $6,928.64 and will be purchased through American Air the City’s contracted HVAC provider.
Council member Don Rowlett questioned why the city is contracted with a business from out of town when there are air conditioning businesses in town.
“The price may be a little higher, but the money stays here in town,” said Rowlett. “Perhaps, we can look into that.”
Vanderslice agreed, “What the City of Farmersville spends in Farmersville, stays in Farmersville. It may cost a little more, but you get it back in taxes and it helps the local economy.”