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Department heads, Lamb keep city moving without manager

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So how has Shelbyville been managing without a manager?

According to the city recorder, one day at a time.

One week after city manager Ed Craig stepped down following a city council vote of 4-2 that asked for his resignation, work continues at City Hall with Shelbyville employees at their jobs serving the public.

City recorder Betty Lamb explained if "something major comes up" at city hall, city council members will have to be contacted and a special meeting called "to let them handle it."

But as for day-to-day operations, department heads are taking care of the workers under their wings.

"We're going to go on just like we have," Lamb said. The department heads "know what they need to do."

In fact, department heads gathered for their weekly meeting on Tuesday and were told to "continue on with their departments like they have been doing," Lamb said, "and go by their budgets."

If any purchasing is to be done, those matters will have to be run through Lorrie Sadler in purchasing and city treasurer Gary Cantrell.

When Shelbyville had a manager, any spending over $2,500 required city council approval. Lamb said that the city "will definitely not be spending any money that isn't already budgeted and nothing that does not have council approval."

Minor purchases, such as a run to Walmart for office supplies, can be approved by Sadler or Cantrell, since the items are already budgeted, but anything else will have to go through the council.


Lamb said she hopes that at the November study session the council will take up the matter of accepting applications for a new city manager.

But Lamb said a new codes and planning director is critically needed, and she will be asking the council to take applications for that position as soon as possible.

Kip Green suddenly resigned that position on Sept. 26, only stating that he "will be accepting another opportunity."

Craig was supposed to take over Green's duties following his departure, however, the city manager's resignation last week has left the planning and codes department without direction.

"They're continuing to do their daily operations, which they're all very capable of doing," Lamb explained, and public works director Mark Clanton will be overseeing the day-to-day functions since he is familiar with the city's subdivision regulations.

Also, this month's meeting of the Shelbyville Planning Commission only has one action item on the October agenda, and that's to set the last gathering of the year.

Due to scheduling conflicts resulting from the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, approval will be needed to combine the November and December meetings into one on Dec. 3.

The only other item on the planning commission agenda is to approve the minutes of the September meeting.

Lamb said that she will also ask the council what to do about the city manager's position as well and suggest taking applications for that job too.

Several people have also inquired at city hall about the human resource position, but Lamb said that "is on the back burner" and it may be early 2010 before applications will be taken for that job.

Day by day

So far, however, none of the work that Craig would normally do has crossed Lamb's desk, "since nothing major has come up yet," she said.

But again, any item that serious would have to go to the council for approval.

Items to be added to the council's agenda for next month's meeting will be submitted by Lamb and Mayor Wallace Cartwright, but no new items have been added as of yet.

The minor details of running the city will be crossing Lamb's desk for the time being.

Lamb said that the city has been without a manager before, and with the exception of parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson and Cantrell, all department heads have experienced those times.

The city recorder has also been interim city manager twice before, but when asked if she would be asked to do it again, Lamb said. "I certainly hope not."