By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
The Centerville City Council Monday at City Hall voted to accept Kim Crego's retirement request.
Crego by email on Dec. 7 announced her retirement due to health reasons. Crego's retirement was effective as of Dec. 16.
Crego's first day as the Centerville city clerk was July 26, 2010. In November of 2010 Crego would take on the additional role of commissioner of municipal services.
A portion of Crego's retirement letter was published in the city council's agenda packet.
"Please consider this as my official retirement notice effective Dec. 16. It has been my honor to be able to assist the city with their vision. Unfortunately my health will not allow me to continue. I am certain the Council will take the city where it needs to go. Best wishes."
Councilman Rob Lind went on the record regarding Crego's retirement.
"I would like to state for the record that it's been a difficult year-and-one-half to two years trying to chart a new course for city government but I think Kim did a very good job in many areas to get us on that course and with the proper lead and I would just like to say that I appreciate what she has done," Lind said. "The things that she worked on and helped us get this far. It wasn't no easy thing and it's bound to continue to kind of evolve as we go along."
A man in the audience who didn't identify himself, immediately following the council's 5-0 vote, said, "Hallelujah. It's about time."
The council during their Dec. 3 meeting appointed Joyce Davis as temporary city clerk due to Crego's absence.
The council in December considered a resignation and a retirement request. On Dec. 3 Davis, city bookkeeper, submitted her resignation but later reconsidered after several department heads spoke about the city's need to keep her as an employee. Monday night, it was Crego's retirement.
In other action, the council approved:
• The appointment of Debra Smith as cashier and customer service representative at City Hall.
• Salaries for Ryan Moore, Centerville fire department captain at $14.974 per hour per union contract effective Nov. 1 and Smith at $14 per hour effective Nov. 15.
• Lead man pay for Joe Sivetts retroactive to March 1, 2012. The agenda packet doesn't show what that pay will be.
• City Hall will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and News Year's Day.
• A public hearing for Jan. 7 to consider an offer to purchase lot 26 in Sunnyside Addition for $10 by Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund. CVRHTF plans to construct a new house at the site and adjoining property.
• Employee health insurance renewal as proposed by TriStar Benefit Administrators and the health insurance premium rate increase recommended in the renewal. The employee premium increase per month for single is $9.90, family $49.47 and retiree $36.59.
• Amending the city's employee handbook to include nine paid holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other employee handbook sections amended deal with harassment, equal employment opportunity and family medical leave act inserts.
Before the meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. a moment of silence was held for the 26 killed in Connecticut.
The next Centerville City Council meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at City Hall.