By: Jennifer Dearborn
The Davis City Council met, for a special meeting, under the leadership of new mayor elect Al Tomson. Jeanette Paugh and Jenny Helmick were not present. John Felton participated by phone. Tomson swore in new council members Kevnin Flanagan, Charlotte Wales, and Ron Hollis.
The council heard from guest and sewer/water plant applicant Mark Burns. Burns is seeking full time employment with the town. He is currently employed part time with the City of Parsons as the water plant operator. He also owns a business and drives a school bus. He informed the council that he would like a full time position so he can have just one job. When asked why he wanted to work here Burns stated “You need a water plant operator and I have the credentials for that and sewer”.
Tomson gave an update on what is to come for the Town of Davis. “We will be doing job evaluations and raises for city employees will now be based on performance, not length of time employed”. Tomson would also like to keep someone on call 24/7 for emergencies that come up. He is going to push for employees to get more credentials that will be paid for by the town.
Tomson informed the council that they will follow the Sunshine Law for all meetings. Agendas for meetings must be made available to the public three business days prior to meeting. If you are not on the agenda then no decisions can be made at the meeting. The council agreed that they would like more work sessions. Wales explained, “I know if I’m coming to a meeting I want to read over everything that will be discussed prior to. I think work sessions will help with this”. Felton suggested they have a work session on the same days as the council meetings.
Tomson also plans to implement some zoning and ordinances for the town in the future. They will be assigning committees for this.
The mayor and council members went into executive session to discuss personnel items.
The next Town of Davis council meeting will be July 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the city hall.