FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — The City Council voted to appoint an interim city administrator Tuesday evening.
Stephen Rasmussen was appointed to the position with a unanimous city council vote. The city lost its city administrator in August when Drew Awsumb tendered his resignation with plans to go back to college and so he wouldn't miss his children's activities due to night city council meetings. Awsumb earned $74,046 a year as the city's administrator.
According to the employment agreement between the city and Rasmussen, Rasmussen would be paid $2,000 weekly beginning Wednesday. His appointment as interim city manager automatically terminates on May 22.
"Thank you very much, I appreciate the confidence of the mayor and the council," Rasmussen said. "I look forward to working with everyone in the short time I'll be here."
A city administrator is responsible for directing and administering all affairs of the city.
"I personally guarantee he'll do a good job for us," Mayor Gail Mitchell said.
The City Council also voted to allow Mitchell to enter into an agreement with Good Energy L.P. to consult with and inform the city, residents and businesses about electrical aggregation. Fairview Heights will ask voters in April to determine whether the city should "have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program." If voters pass the electric aggregation in April, the company will also work to procure electrical services for those who choose not to opt out of the program.
The city council voted to send legislation proposed by Councilwoman Pat Baeske to committee for further consideration and review. The proposed "no knock" legislation that would, if passed, regulate solicitors in the city. Under the proposal, solicitors would have to obtain a permit from the city and be approved by the city to be allowed to solicit. Certain groups, such as Scouts, churches and civic organizations would be exempt. Residents would also have the option to sign up for a "no knock" list, which is similar to a "no call" list. Solicitors will be prohibited from knocking on the doors of residents who opt to register on the "no knock" list.
In other business: The council approved the purchase of a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police patrol vehicle for $16,000; approved the expenditure of $199,800 for Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Inc. to install four warning sirens to upgrade the current siren system; agreed to permit the city to enter into a contract with St. Clair County to install a sidewalk along Bunkum Road and enter a contract with Wehrenberg St. Clair 10 Cine on Ludwig Drive to provide police services at the theater. Wehrenberg will pay the city from $34.63 to $65 per hour per police officer. Officers will be dressed in the city police uniform while providing police protection at the theater.