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Mitchell board to consider new lake manager post

Opportunities for fun at Lake Mitchell could be on the upswing. The Mitchell City Council will consider a city lake manager position on Monday, a person who would manage the Lake Mitchell Campground, lake accesses, nearby trails, beaches, fish ha...

An aerial photo of Lake Mitchell from 2009. Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey is looking at a number of ways to solve the Lake Mitchell problem. (Republic file photo)
An aerial photo of Lake Mitchell from 2009.

Opportunities for fun at Lake Mitchell could be on the upswing.

The Mitchell City Council will consider a city lake manager position on Monday, a person who would manage the Lake Mitchell Campground, lake accesses, nearby trails, beaches, fish habitat projects and an assortment of other items. The position, which is listed with a $53,734.97 starting wage on the city's website, will be considered at the 6:30 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall.

And according to the company developing a master plan for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, a lake manager could provide a big boost for both the department and local recreation fanatics.

"If this position is filled, strategies can be included in the master plan to leverage additional earned revenue, achieve greater productivity out of existing facilities, enhance partnerships, and improve the overall health and understanding of the lake," wrote PROS Consulting.

According to city documents, the proposal would eliminate a park specialist position to create the lake manager job "at no extra cost to the city." An additional $27,823 in funds budgeted for staffing at the Lake Mitchell Campground will also be used to offset the cost of the potential new post.

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The lake manager job comes amid two large projects for the department at Lake Mitchell, including a water quality restoration plan and the city taking over operations of the campground.

Last week, Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell told The Daily Republic he envisioned the person who takes the job as someone who could help with grant writing while establishing programs like hiking events, youth fishing days and coordinated cleanup efforts. Council President Jeff Smith suggested the position, if approved, could allow the city to take advantage of the lakeside amphitheatre in the summer months.

As for other items on the agenda, the members of the council's Public Health and Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Steve Rice, will consider a noise permit at Coborn's Superstore for the Coborn's Kickoff to Summer on May 13.

According to documents filed for the permit, the Kickoff to Summer will be held between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. From a silent auction to a dunk tank to a Klock Werks bike show, the event is set to include a wide variety of items.

The committee's agenda states that the permit request is for a car stereo competition.

Consent agenda

The council will consider approving the following items of the consent agenda:

• City Council minutes from the April 17 meeting and the April 24 work session, the April 10 Planning Commission meeting, the April 17 Public Properties Committee and the April 17 Traffic Commission.

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• Appointment of Tom Henderson to the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee.

• Authorize the application for West Nile prevention grant funds.

• A raffle permit from Purr N Ruff Rescue with the two separate drawings to be held on June 24 and from the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk, with the drawing to be held on June 16.

• Set 1:30 p.m. on May 25 for the opening of bids on the Mitchell Recreation Center locker room remodel.

• Set May 15 for two applications from the Palace City Lions Club for special event malt beverage licenses and from Overtime Steakhouse & Sports Bar for three special event liquor licenses.

• Gas and fuel quotations, pay estimates, bills, salary adjustments, new employee hires and the payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Agenda items

The council will consider the following agenda items:

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• Hold a Public Health & Safety Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider a noise permit at Coborn's for the Coborn's Kickoff to Summer.

• Call the meeting to order, conduct the pledge of allegiance, hear an invocation from the Salvation Army, conduct the roll call, call for citizen input and consider approving the Public Health and Safety report.

• Hold hearings on three Mitchell Elks Lodge requests for special event liquor licenses, requests from R.R. Enterprises for the transfer of wine and malt beverage licenses and the application of Blarney's LLC for a special event liquor license.

• Meet as the Board of Adjustment for a hearing on the conditional use permit application to construct a self-service storage facility with varying compartment sizes at 1401 S. Main St.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-28, which would refinance Tax Increment District No. 9 to save approximately $100,000 in interest payments on bonds, according to city documents.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-29, a plat of CJM Second Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-30, a plat of The Woods First Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-31, another plat of The Woods First Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-32, a plat of North Maui's First Addition and Sara Avenue.

• Action on Resolution No. R2017-33, which would make changes to three positions on the city's compensation plan.

• The second reading and action on Ordinance No. O2017-04, which would repeal and replace a section of the Mitchell City Code regarding vehicle for hire requirements.

• The second reading and action on Ordinance No. O2017-05, which would revise a section of Mitchell City Code regarding one-way traffic.

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