Representatives of a community development organization told Teutopolis Village Board members Wednesday that they would help fund a part-time village administrator to work on various projects.
Rich Hartke of Teutopolis Community For Progress (TCFP) told the board TCFP would contribute up to $10,000 per year for three years toward the cost of an administrator.
“It’s important that this person have time to learn the landscape and get his feet wet,” Hartke said.
Village officials have been talking about creating a part-time administrator’s position after using a Peace Corps Fellow during 2011 to work on community projects. Hartke said hiring an administrator on an as-needed basis is a good start.
“I think you will help the village in the long run by hiring a coordinator,” Hartke said. “But it will be critical to have enough money for that person to go to meetings and network with different groups of people.”
Hartke said the administrator could work on business retention and expansion as well as various community projects.
TCFP member Chuck Deters said the group’s wish is for the village to hire a permanent administrator.
“We’d prefer this person be on more than an as-needed basis and we’re willing to assist in that process,” Deters said.
Village officials acknowledged TCFP’s support of village projects since its founding several years ago.
“I think TCFP was instrumental in helping get the comprehensive plan accomplished,” said Trustee John Mette.
Trustee Roger Henderson said the village should consider the group’s offer.
“You won’t get the results you want in two weeks, or even a month,” Henderson said. “It’s something that requires time.
“But this is a good opportunity and I think you can build on it.”
TCFP founder Ron Probst told the board that the Teutopolis Park District had gotten positive results from hiring a part-time administrator. Probst admitted hiring such a person wouldn’t make the village’s strained financial situation any easier.
“It costs money and that’s not going to get any better,” Probst said. “But, there could be a very good return on your investment.”
Village President Jerry Weber said after the meeting that he welcomed the group’s offer. But Weber added that he wanted the village to maintain complete control over the administrator’s activities.
“My opinion is that the person should strictly be an employee of the village,” Weber said.
In action taken Wednesday, the board agreed to seek bids on street and crosswalk striping, with a $700 ceiling. The board authorized Trustee Dave Tegeler to seek the bids and award the project to the lowest bidder, provided the bid was under the price ceiling.