Did City Staff Fool The City Council Again?
Dear Manager Johansson,
At last night’s Council meeting I raised a couple questions regarding the “leadership training” item that were left unanswered after the 5-0 vote to approve the item. I did not raise the questions in a frivolous manner nor do I consider them a waste of time. By the same token, I freely admit I can be reading the information wrong and drawing erroneous conclusions from it.
Please take a couple minutes to set the record straight about these points of confusion:
- The request appears to be for $28,824.00 ($22,716.00 for mid-level supervisor training and $6108.00 for Department Head consultation). The Agenda Item commentary seems to imply that the City can get grant funding to cover $20,000.00. However, the actual grant application shows Instructor Wages totaling $42,716.00 ($22,716.00 from the City and $20,000.00 from the grant)–see the first page of the attachment.
- The Agenda Item commentary as well as statements from Mr Neff at the meeting indicate that the training is to be given to mid-level supervisors and foremen in the Utility Department. However, the actual grant application specifies that the employees must not be “earning a self-sufficient wage” in order to qualify for funding–see the second page of the attachment.
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