NEWBERRY — Interim City Manager Al Harvey had his contract extended and “interim” title removed before the conclusion of Tuesday’s Newberry City Council meeting.
Following an executive session at the end of the meeting, council went back into open session and voted to offer Harvey a contract through September 2015 as City Manager.
Mayor Foster Senn said he was pleased with the work Harvey has completed as Interim City Manager and looked forward to continuing to work with him.
“I’ve been very pleased with Al since he started in April, and am pleased he has decided to continue here with us,” Senn said. “We like Al’s judgement, his experience, and his ability to get things done.”
“I am honored and pleased to have the opportunity to serve the city of Newberry and look forward to working with the staff on short and long range plans that are already in place,” Harvey said.
During his financial report, Harvey told council Tuesday the city is where it should be.
“I’m comfortable where we are right now at the beginning of the year,” Harvey said of the budget.
A special recognition was given to Al Shealy for his 35 years of work with the city. Shealy began his employment June 5, 1978, and holds the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator A.
The city of Newberry was recognized again for being the recipient of the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Excellence Award. AWOP is an effort to optimize the performance of existing surface and water treatment facilities.
The goal of the program is to optimize particle removal and disinfection at filtration plants in South Carolina to protect the health of all South Carolinians on public water systems. Council was told the city of Newberry has received the award 11 times.
A resolution was passed to amend section 17.7 of the 1999 edition of the personnel policies of the City of Newberry. The only change made will affect the first sentence of the policy by adding “— and all department heads of the City of Newberry,” which will require all department heads to live in the city.
The city currently has two department heads — Shannon Smith and Keith Minick — who live outside the city limits. Although Smith and Minick will be allowed to live outside the city, their successors will be required to be city residents under the new resolution.
In new business, council approved a request by the Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department to allow the consumption of alcohol in Astwood Park. The request was also approved to serve alcohol at the Oktoberfest Event, which was requested by the Newberry Opera House.
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