The Waupaca Common Council’s approval this month of the 2011 city budget includes the filling of two vacant full-time positions and a new part-time position.
“We’ll probably get the advertising done through the holiday (season) and start interviewing the first of the year,” said City Administrator Henry Veleker.
The two vacant full-time positions that will be filled next year are the economic development director and recreation program supervisor positions.
The city has been without an economic development director since August 2009.
The recreation program supervisor position will be replacing the administrative assistant position in the recreation department.
When the common council met on Nov. 16, it approved a job description for the recreation program supervisor position.
“We’re taking the union administrative assistant position and converting it to a salaried position that will be responsible for programming,” Veleker said.
In doing research of similar jobs throughout the state, the city believes that the salary of the recreation program supervisor will be comparable to that of the administrative assistant position.
When Luarana Nelson retired from that union position this year, she was the senior clerical person. When they unionized, her hourly rate was set at $19.03 per hour.
When asked how it came to be that the administrative position would be replaced by a recreation program supervisor, Veleker said that every time there is a vacancy in the city, there is the opportunity to review staffing.
“In talking to the various staff involved, we thought it would be a better use of those dollars,” he said. “It’s (the recreation center) a great facility. We think we should maximize its use.”
The recreation program supervisor will be a salaried position – not a union position.
The approved job description includes the requirement that the person hired to fill it must live in the Waupaca area (meaning school district) within 18 months of being hired.
There were also some changes in the job description of the economic development director.
The job description approved Nov. 16 by the common council includes the requirement that the director live within the city of Waupaca within 12 months of hire, with a six-month extension available if necessary.
The other changes included striking some words in the previous job description having to do with the building inspector. When the description was initially approved, the city contracted for that service but now has a building inspector in house.
Also included in the city’s 2011 approved budget is a new part-time employee – an interdepartmental office clerk. That position will be based in the city’s recreation center and will be available to help out in other city departments as needed.