City administrator reviews first year goals
KINGSTON – These are the goals of the city administrator, but they also serve as a sort of road map for the city.
City administrator Keith Hickey reviewed the goals he was given for his first 60 days on the board last week, saying he believed most of those goals had achieved, but also focused on future goals.
Several organizational changes were made to the city government, and he said he was considering other changes.
However, as he had not yet spoken to the people who would be affected by the proposed changes, he would wait to present them to the board with these people “to show that there is some solidity as to their relevance or not. “.
He said he would also collect information from board members on creating a job description for the city administrator and what responsibilities to include, if the job description is to be added to the city regulations.
During his first year, his other objectives included the creation of a committee to implement the city’s master plan, the development of a snow removal policy on private roads and possibly the revocation of the wage regulation. and staff and their replacement by a staff committee.
While considering further restructuring, he said there would also be discussions with a health insurance consultant about forming an employee and retiree committee and potentially bidding for alternative health insurance providers.
He said there would also be discussions with the Finance Committee on the budgeting process and discussions on possible improvements to the Capital Budget Committee planning process.
Discussions about the future of the Independence wind turbine are already underway with the city’s covered landfill solar project on the horizon. It will also focus on recycling options for the nearby town facility.
Officials plan to launch a new website in October, with Selectman Don Alcombright taking charge of website development with Hickey. It will take inspiration from other communities’ websites with a new Internet address linked to the current one and should make a significant difference.
As part of the contract, Hickey is due to undergo an annual review in March and has provided two assessment forms to board members.
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