New Taneytown manager gets right to business

April 12, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The new Taneytown city manager, John L. Kendall, had no opening night jitters, and made several recommendations and guided decisions during his first City Council meeting last night.

He persuaded the council to forgo Saturday's trip to see a $23,900 street-sweeping machine the council had considered buying.

Instead, he said, the city should look into contracting for the service, an option he had investigated.

A company Mr. Kendall contacted said that for "$3,600 a year, they would do all 14.5 miles of street [in Taneytown] once a month."

The council voted unanimously to make up a bid package and review the responses.

It was the city manager's fourth day on the job.

Mr. Kendall, the former city administrator of Brunswick in Frederick County, continued by suggesting the council request emergency funds the state might receive from the federal government to help with its $14,000 snow removal bill, which was much higher than the $2,500 the city budgeted for the job.

Clerk-treasurer Linda M. Hess said she had prepared an application to submit to the county, but later discovered the county has not submitted anything to the state.

Mr. Kendall suggested the city make a request from the state, and the council agreed.

Also, Mr. Kendall informed the council that he has requested an application for a grant to get federal money that will be funneled through the state to pay for making the building at the Taneytown Rod and Gun Park handicapped-accessible.

Mr. Kendall said it would cost more than $8,000 to have a wheelchair ramp and handicapped-accessible bathroom equipment installed.

In other business, the council voted for the record to hire Mr. Kendall, and pay him $37,000 per year, effective when he started last week.

"I make a motion to hire the guy that's working for us," Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. said.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

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