Full agenda on tap for Council

City Council has a packed agenda for Monday's meeting, and it will start an hour early in a 5 p.m. work session so Council can discuss the process for hiring a new city manager.

Council voted to fire Paul Beecher Aug. 10. Public Works Director Jack Kramer is holding his post until Council hires a full-time manager.

During the department reports near the end of the meeting, City Attorney Carl Cooper is expected to give Council an update on Beecher's severance package.

Cooper and Human Resources Director Jackie Walker have been interpreting Beecher's contract to extract the exact amount to which Beecher is entitled for his two and a half years' service, Walker said.

In early June, Mayor Les Byram estimated Beecher would receive $250,000 in salary, benefits and unused leave reimbursements upon termination.

His contract allows him 26 pay-periods compensation, equal to a year's salary at $149,148.

Council also will discuss the severance package Beecher signed with former Economic Development Director Jeff Weir.

The city has received a notice of claim from Weir's attorney for not fulfilling the severance agreement. According to several city officials, Council was not aware that Beecher had signed the agreement when they voted to cut funds left in the budget for Weir's severance about a week after Beecher and Weir signed the contract.

Cooper has recommended that Council enter into executive session to discuss the legal issues surrounding the claim and to receive direction on it, according to his report.

Cooper also will give a report to Council on the status of Travin Pennington's e-mail requests and litigation.

A hearing date has been set for Thursday in the Mohave County Superior Court in Bullhead City. Cooper wrote in his report that "it is likely that the Judge will order the surrender of all the e-mails for judicial review. The judge will review the e-mails, in camera, and will make the ultimate decision on what is released and what is not released."

Other items on the Council agenda:

• Council will consider a resolution to appoint Kramer, the acting city manager, as the custodian of the city's safe deposit box. The resolution, considered "housekeeping," also authorizes Kramer to sign bank account documents for the city.

• Kramer will give an update on the security of the city's well sites in Golden Valley.

• Council will continue a discussion for a conditional use permit to construct a tri-vision billboard at the northwest corner of Airway Avenue and Route 66.

"The Traffic Safety Committee could not find evidence that tri-vision signs distract drivers to the extent that such signs cause accidents," according to the report.

• Council will consider approving $6,000 from the Economic Tourism and Development Committee's contingency fund for rental of grandstands in preparation for the upcoming street drag racing event on Sept. 22.

• Council will vote on two final plats for the Mountain View Estates subdivisions.