While City Council did pass a resolution to put the City Manager on notice of their intent not to renew her contract when it expires April 30, the move was in part precipitated by the language of the contract itself.
With no notice by January 31, a failure to reach a successor agreement would result in a six month severance payment and that sword over their head clearly places the Council in a position three of them didn't want to be in.
The only way notice can occur is by an affirmative act of the Council and that means a resolution had to be passed in public session. With so many matters in process, I feel the City's interests would best be served by continued use of CM Corriveau's institutional knowledge and relationships. There is also the issue of how do you treat a 27 year employee who has worked diligently in anticipation of retirement at an appropriate time.
There is always a risk to those employed in positions like this, as the area's two municipal managers know.
The resolution presented last night was drafted hours before the meeting and I didn't see it till it was offered up in executive session. I was not surprised at the sentiments but am hopeful cooler heads can prevail and these differences can be resolved.
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