BRITT | The city of Britt may have its new city administrator/clerk.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the city council formerly offered Lory Young of Wellman the position, contingent on a clean criminal background check, after a 45-minute closed session.

“We’re excited to extend an offer to you, and we’ll look forward to formal acceptance,” said Mayor Ryan Arndorfer.

Young, who has been the city clerk in Riverside for the past five and a half years, said her decision to accept the position is dependent on the city’s health care benefits and local housing opportunities.

Before becoming the city clerk in Riverside, she served as the utility billing clerk in Kalona for seven years.

The city offered Young the position with a $65,000 annual salary with a six-month review period and vacation, sick leave and all other benefits as outlined in the employee handbook.

Young is one of four applicants a committee consisting of council members and city department heads interviewed in mid-November after Shell Anderson, Britt city administrator/clerk since July 2015, resigned and accepted a position at IMT in Garner. Her last day was Oct. 26.

Young said she’d likely notify the city of her decision by Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a tentative start date in January.

Also during the Dec. 5 meeting:

  • The city council heard concerns from Scott Huff and rental properties owner Jeff Moore about their water bills. During each discussion, the mayor suggested the city establish a policy addressing payment plans for utilities and a policy for notifying landlords when their tenants are delinquent on their utility payments.
  • The city council rescinded its policy to send two notices to individuals who are delinquent on their water bills before shutting the water off because it contradicts its ordinance and state code. Residents will only receive one notice before their water is turned off.
  • Public Works Director Vance Hagen spoke to the city council about establishing a policy and cost for compost to deter residents who are abusing the site.
  • Hagen spoke to the council about Matt Matern, a full-time public works department employee, who submitted his resignation. His last day is scheduled for Dec. 15. The city council asked Hagen to see what the city can do to keep him as an employee since an “asset to our community and to the city of Britt,” said Bryan Aitchison, Britt city councilman.
  • Police Chief Dan Cummings introduced the department’s newest officer Cody Schutjer, who was hired in October to fill a vacancy. He will graduate from Iowa Lakes Community College with a degree in criminal justice on Dec. 12. Schutjer will attend the academy from January to April.
  • The city council asked Britt Industrial Development Corp. to design a large sign to market the Burgardt Commercial Park.
  • Hagen notified the council that the new Britt sign at the corner of Main Avenue and Highway 18 will be installed in the coming week. He said the sign will be off center in the landscaping until spring.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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