New Windsor to employ administrator Council agrees to hire staffer for trial year

November 05, 1998|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The New Windsor Town Council agreed last night to hire a town administrator who would run day-to-day operations now handled mostly by the council and Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.

The council voted unanimously to hire an administrator for a year at a salary of $25,000, Gullo said.

"We are facing a new millennium," Gullo told about 30 people after he emerged from the 20-minute session, closed to deal with the personnel issue. "We are the only town [in Carroll County] that does not have full service. We have part-time service, and we depend on volunteers and the volunteer time of the council people."

The new employee would not be a town manager, but a "chief administrative officer," Gullo said.

He would work full time and take over management roles exercised by council members in areas such as the budget, zoning enforcement, and public works supervision, Gullo said.

"When I leave office, I want to leave with a professional government that will stand the test of time," said Gullo, serving his second four-year term.

"We will try this for a year," Gullo said. "If if is not successful, we may discover that the best thing is for New Windsor to go back to a part-time staff."

The town will "probably be looking for someone outside New Windsor with a college education" for the post, Gullo said.

In addition to salary on the one-year contract from Jan. 1, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, the town will also provide up to $1,500 for medical insurance.

The administrator will sometimes have to work more than 40 hours a week, because he or she will be required to attend evening meetings and work some weekends, but will receive compensatory time off, Gullo said.

Council members did not comment on the decision, but Gullo said they supported the idea enthusiastically, saying things such as, "It's long overdue."

Council members will still act as liaisons for public works, finance, recreation, water supply, and police, he said, "but will not have the day-to-day responsibility for handling these things."

In the open meeting last night, the council unanimously agreed to annex two properties on Old New Windsor Road on the west side of town so that one of the owners can connect to the county water supply. The second property owner will not have to connect now.

The town provides water only to properties within town limits.

The council also adopted unanimously a "Civil War Heritage Resolution" that would make New Windsor part of a larger "heritage area" that includes Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties.

The designation costs nothing but could make New Windsor eligible for state funding if the town chooses to emphasize its Civil War history, Gullo said.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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