Update for March 26, 2015
City names co-managers until replacement is found
By William Hoover
Council returned from an executive session on Monday and approved a plan to have Assistant City Manager Kim Davis and Public Works Director Eric Salazar co-manage the city until a permanent replacement can be found for outgoing City Manager Jeff Litchfield.
After more open session discussion, Council decided Davis will serve as Acting City Manager and both she and Salazar would oversee operations of the city with commensurate temporary pay increases, effective April 10.
Place 1 Councilman John McAnelly offered the motion to continue city manager services by having those duties performed by the two staff members with additional salary increases of $400 per month. The temporary pay increases would end once a new city manager is appointed.
The motion was amended to also name Davis as Acting City Manager and it passed 3-1 with Place 5 Councilman John Villa opposed. Place 3 Councilman Eric Torres was absent from the meeting.
“They will serve until a new City Manager is appointed,” explained Danner of the new co-managers on Tuesday.
Council also approved advertising the notice of vacancy in the position of City Manager for the City of Hondo to include required qualifications of applicants. The advertising will be published on the Texas Municipal League website, in the San Antonio Express-News and in the Hondo Anvil Herald with a closing date of April 30.
In other business, council approved a 25-year ground lease with Corrigan Air Center for approximately 7,000 square-feet of ground space and 3,500 square-feet of ramp space at the South Texas Regional Airport. The 25-year ground lease includes two five-year lease renewal options.
Included in the approved motion were three changes to the proposed lease:
• that Corrigan Air Center meet the city’s illumination standards for lighting;
• that Corrigan Air Center make yearly lease payments in advance, instead of monthly payments; and
• that insurance proceeds be paid to the city if complete destruction or casualty occurs in the last year of lease.
Council also approved a one-year lease of Commercial Hangar #1 to Corrigan Air Center which includes approximately 62,500 feet of ground space along with the hangar structure of approximately 13,400 square-feet of space. The one-year lease commences on April 1.
“Corrigan Air Center currently leases the two red hangars and an old hangar on the east end of the runway,” explained the outgoing city manager. “The ground lease is for them to build a new hangar just to the south of the two red hangars they now occupy. Then we extended their current hangar lease to allow them to stay where they are while they build the new hangar.”
“The old hangar that they are going to give up, will be leased to Hondo Aerospace,” added Litchfield. “We have one commercial hangar left to lease and we are trying to lease it to Aeroweld. If they don’t want it, we will go back out on the market.”
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