Parks upkeep to be funded next year

December 2, 2010

The City Council amended the 2011 preliminary budget to include $62,000 for parks maintenance, as the budget had previously called for maintenance of the city neighborhood parks to be discontinued.

The amendment was one in a string of more than a dozen approved by the council.

The council also approved a 1 percent property tax hike, although it also voted to reduce storm water fees by about $36 per household. Through the combination, those with homes worth less than about $1.5 million will see a reduction in taxes.

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Council to continue budget amendments, address property taxes Nov. 23

November 17, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 17, 2010

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Council Chambers, 13020 Newcastle Way, to continue making amendments to the 2011 preliminary budget and decide whether to increase property taxes next year.

The council began making amendments to the budget and held its final public hearing on the matter at its Nov. 16 meeting.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, the council voted to add $62,000 for parks maintenance next year, reduce funding for A Regional Coalition for Housing to $10,000 from $26,000, eliminate the $166,000 skate park project scheduled to be funded in 2012 and change city staff merit raises into noncompounding bonuses.

The Golf Club hosts town hall Thursday

October 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, will host the city’s annual town hall meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the Saint Andrews Ballroom. It will be free to attend.

Citizens are invited to attend and discuss city issues, as the town hall will include an open-microphone question and answer period as well as electronic polling.

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Council not finished deliberating in city manager search

August 16, 2010

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2010

The City Council has not reached a decision as to whom it will hire as its next city manager.

Interviews took place this morning at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and the Council cancelled its public meeting scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today, which it could have used to announce its decision.

An executive session is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 to continue deliberation. All four final candidates are still being considered, and recruiter Greg Prothman said he is not concerned that candidates may drop out of contention during the next two weeks.

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City Council approves budget cuts that create surplus

March 17, 2010

NEW — 1:16 p.m. March 17, 2010

At its regular meeting last night, the City Council approved an $186,000 cut to the operating budget. Through the cut and re-appropriation other city funds, the $364,000 budget deficit has been changed to a $53,000 surplus.

The City Council approved the cuts with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Sonny Putter dissenting and Deputy Mayor Steve Buri absent.

Interim City Manager Rob Wyman recommended the cuts to the operating budget after being directed by the City Council at the Jan. 12 meeting to cut operating expenses by 3 percent.

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Newcastle City Manager John Starbard fired

February 4, 2010

Former community development director named as replacement

John Starbard

Rob Wyman

At a special City Council meeting Jan. 12, the council voted 6-1 to terminate City Manager John Starbard’s contract without cause, effective immediately. The only dissenting vote was Councilman Sonny Putter.

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Newcastle City Council budget cuts top $1 million

February 4, 2010

The City Council cut $1.02 million from the 2010 budget during meetings last month. Of that amount, about $820,000 was cut from the 2010 capital budget, and about $206,000 was cut from the operating budget.

Before altering the budget, the city was facing a $363,000 budget shortfall. Councilman Bill Erxleben said the City Council is not yet finished working on the budget. Read more

Talks began in December regarding new city manager

February 4, 2010

Talks regarding firing City Manager John Starbard and appointing former Community Development Director Rob Wyman as interim city manager began privately in December.

While councilmen-elect John Dulcich, Bill Erxleben and Rich Crispo said they had been in favor of making changes to the city’s management, Erxleben specifically sought out Wyman in December as a candidate for interim city manager. Read more

Talks began in December regarding finding a new city manager

January 22, 2010

UPDATED — 5 p.m. Jan. 22, 2010

Talks regarding firing City Manager John Starbard and appointing former Community Development Director Rob Wyman as interim city manager began privately in December.

While councilmen-elect John Dulcich, Bill Erxleben and Rich Crispo said they had been in favor of making changes to the city’s management, Erxleben specifically sought out Wyman in December as a candidate for interim city manager.

Erxleben discussed the matter with Dulcich and Crispo, and such talks were legal because the councilmen-elect had not been sworn into office.

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City Council fires city manager, hires former community development director

January 15, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010

At a special City Council meeting Tuesday night, the City Council voted 6-1 to terminate City Manager John Starbard’s contract without cause, effective immediately. The only dissenting vote was that of Councilman Sonny Putter.

In terminating Starbard’s contract without cause, the city must pay Starbard his full salary for six months as severance pay. Starbard’s total severance pay will be $66,500, as his annual salary was $133,000.

In another 6-1 vote, with Putter dissenting once more, the council appointed Rob Wyman, former community development director for the city, to take over as interim city manager for the next six months.

Wyman worked for the city from 1998-2006.

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