Dunsmuir schedules special meeting for Saturday afternoon

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Dunsmuir City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. to discuss and possibly approve a motion to authorize the city manager to sign an agreement to provide a temporary finance officer.

When the issue came before the city council during Thursday night’s regular meeting, no action was taken after temporary city manager Alan Harvey suggested he look into it further.

Under consideration was a contract to hire a temporary finance director through MuniTemps at a rate of $69.50 per hour, which would include all payroll taxes and MuniTemps fees. The city would also pay half the cost of the temporary finance director’s housing.

Concern was expressed in public comments and by council member Scott Welch about the rate of pay, which Welch termed “an outrageous amount.”

Harvey said attempts to find someone locally to do the job on a temporary basis were unsuccessful, and former Mount Shasta city manager and finance director Ted Marconi, who has been assisting Dunsmuir on a contract basis, wants to return to his retirement.

Council member Dick Kelby called the cost “excessive,” but said temp services are supposed to supply employees who can “come in and make the transition seamless.”

Harvey said the candidate being considered “has a lot of accounting background,” but not much experience in the municipal realm.

Kelby wondered if, because of the candidate’s lack of municipal experience, he would “make the transition seamless,” then he suggested it might work with some help from Marconi.

If it didn’t work out, Kelby said, such a temporary employee “can be terminated immediately.”

Temporary help is needed until the city knows more about the status of city manager and finance director Brenda Bains, who is on medical leave for an indefinite period of time.

Harvey, who is serving as temporary city manager, pointed out that Bains is off of Dunsmuir’s payroll and he is filling the city manager role at no cost to the city.

“We need finance help,” Harvey said.