Scranton still seeking new city clerk

Almost 13 months ago, Scranton city Clerk Melinda Hinners accepted a new position but she agreed to stay on to help train her replacement and provide assistance as needed. She’s still the city clerk as city officials have had no luck in hiring her replacement.

Numerous advertisements have been placed in a variety of media. The council has interviewed several candidates but only one person accepted the position. She lasted about a month earlier this year.

The council held a special meeting on June 26 to interview two applicants for the clerk’s job. They approved offering the position to one of the candidates on July 9, but that person later declined the job.

In the meantime, Hinners continues to perform the bulk of the clerk’s job while Cindy Boyd staffs the clerk’s office on a part-time basis and handles a portion of the work.

Joan St Clair of MacDonald Insurance met with the council at its July 9 meeting to discuss insurance coverage. The council approved the policy renewal and payment totaling $31,386.31 for the fiscal year 2020.

Repairs to the Community Center and city hall were approved. A bid of $44,000 was approved for Community Center roof repairs to be paid out of cash reserves. Bids for a new furnace for the city hall garage, side door opener and relocating exhaust pipes were also okayed.

Wages for employees for the fiscal year were approved and a public hearing was scheduled for Aug. 13 for a budget amendment.

Code enforcement was discussed with Chris Whitaker of Region XII Council of Governments. Removal of selected trees was also mentioned. The next regular meeting of the council is Tuesday, Aug. 13.  ~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

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