Part-time position to start in early November
By Angie Landsverk
A part-time code enforcement officer position is being created in the city of Waupaca.
Brennan Kane, the city’s development director, brought the idea before the common council earlier this month.
The city’s Community and Economic Development Department is being reorganized to align department tasks with employee skill sets, he said.
“Earlier this year the building inspection and code enforcement duties were reviewed and ultimately decided that a new part-time position be created for a code enforcement officer to handle the city’s zoning compliance issues and be more diligent enforcing such regulations,” he wrote in memo to the council.
The funding for the new position is coming from savings achieved through the realignment of duties and reorganization of the department to have a part-time building inspector.
Kane told the council the budget impact of the additional part-time employee is expected to be within $24,000 and $28,000 and will not require a budget increase in 2016 for staffing needs.
Kathy Kasza, the city’s finance director, said code enforcement is a source of revenue for the city.
The council, by a vote of 6-3, approved the job description for the position and recruiting and hiring someone to fill it.
Lori Chesnut, Paul Hagen and Jillian Petersen voted no, and Scott Purchatzke was absent.
The position will be posted by the end of this month.
City staff will bring forward a recommendation in September or October.
The person hired is expected to begin working around Nov. 1.
Before the council voted, Mayor Brian Smith brought up the idea of waiting until 2016 to fill the position.
“We’re all juggling multiple job duties right now,” Kane said.
During the winter, the city receives complaints when people do not shovel their sidewalks in a timely manner. The city’s ordinance states that sidewalks should be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of when a snowfall ends.
Kane said it would be nice to have someone hired and trained before the winter season begins.
Ald. Paul Mayou walked throughout the downtown area and said from his observation, that is an issue during the winter.