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Mayor’s Corner: Getting Ready to Tackle 2018

Mt Rainier, City of Orting

We are moving quickly into 2018.  New faces are appearing daily at City Hall.  We are welcoming new members of the council to their job.  And we are moving in great directions towards organizing our work for 2018 and beyond.

Read below for the new Mayor’s Corner Updates!

 

New Faces In Government

It was just a couple weeks ago I was writing about the dynamics of a new council-member and new Mayor.  Last Wednesday, the City Council selected their appointment of position number 6, which was left vacant after I assumed the office of Mayor on January 1st.

Five candidates interviewed for the position, and Greg Hogan was the ultimate selection.

I can honestly say, that in my experience, both as a councilmember, and even before that – when seeking appointment to the council myself, this was the most experienced and well-prepared panel of candidates I have ever seen.  Several of the candidates were very familiar faces at commission meetings, committee meetings, and council meetings.  Moreover, all candidates came prepared with visions, ideas, and experiences that I hope the council takes into consideration when developing their goals for 2018.

 

Goals For 2018

Council Committee Re-Alignment & Staff Support

For much of the past year, we focused on ways to do things more efficiently between the city and the city council.  In this process of discovery, it was proposed to re-imagine/re-align how elected councilmembers and city staff work together.

In the past, the city council has relied on a committee structure to organize work outside of council meetings; however, over time the committees have grown and splintered to a point where an independent analysis indicated we might be losing some opportunities simply by the way we (city & council) had organized our work.

Over the past couple weeks, I have been working very diligently with the City Council to propose and support a committee structure, and a workflow, that reduces the burden on staff, while improving the flow of meetings, and the way in which we work through issues.  It is my belief that this new workflow will benefit the council, the city staff supporting them, and citizens.

While the city council determines committee assignments over the next couple weeks, my staff will be developing a new proposed meeting schedule that all can agree to.  I anticipate that sometime around the beginning of March, those who watch the Orting council meetings regularly will see a change in how they are organized and managed.  This brief summary above, is why.

 

Communication and a Change to The Mayor’s Corner

As you might imagine, a new direction at the Mayor’s office means there’s going to be some new direction among his or her team.  I know that the leadership team here at city hall does a great job keeping our great city running every day.  However, communication is the foundation of achieving our goals as a city, and for this reason, you will see one of those changes being an increased amount of posting to the Mayor’s corner and other forums.

More to that point, the Mayor’s corner will, itself, change into a forum where our team leaders will share updates.  In the next month or two, those subscribing to this update will start to receive updates from other leaders on my team.  Orting is a city that communicates.

 

Welcoming New Key Leaders to the City

At the end of December, we promoted from within, our new Public Works Supervisor, Mark Barfield.

In the last council meeting, we introduced a new member of our Public Works team, Brittan Jones.

Currently, we are seeking a Public Works Director, and in the very near future, we will be seeking applications for the new Police Chief.

These appointments and solicitations are a solid list for just the middle of January!  And we still have several more key positions to fill this year!

On this last point, regardless of whether the professionals who fill these positions come from within our existing team or somewhere else entirely, it will be upon us to make them part of our community.  If you see a staff member around town, say “hi!”  It very well could be their first day on the job in a new city!

  

Connection With Legislators

Last week a group of citizens met with one of our legislators to discuss funding for the Orting Emergency Evacuation Bridge System.  Specifically, they addressed the proposed footbridge spanning SR 162.

This week my team will be meeting with our legislators to discuss various potential funding ideas for critical public safety projects on our immediate horizon.

I want to make sure you know – you do not have to be an elected, nor do you have to represent the city, to meet with your legislators about what’s important to you.  They are your representatives, and they want to hear from you.

If you ever want to reach out to them, here’s how you can:

 

If you wish to have a warm introduction, connect with me and I would be glad to help you connect with them.

 

Brief Recap of the Votes of Last Council Meeting

Council position #6 – Council voted in Greg Hogan to position #6, Passed 4-2

Consent Agenda, Passed  7-0

Comprehensive Plan Ordinance, Passed 7-0

Resolution 2018-01- Relating to Utility Rates, Passed  7-0

DM Disposal Rate Increase, Passed 7-0

Purchasing Policy, Passed 7-0

Amend Council Rules, Passed 7-0

Proposed Meeting/Committee Structure, Passed 7-0


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PLANNING COMMISSION- OPEN POSITION

PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY
The City of Orting is seeking applicants for the Planning Commission to fill an unexpired four-year term. The term for this position will commence when filled, and will expire December 31, 2020. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

The Planning Commission consists of seven (7) members. The Planning Commission’s role is to promote and coordinate comprehensive long-range planning, growth-management, transportation, and environmental protection. The Planning Commission upholds and approves all Architectural Designs for various types of building and signage. Commission recommendations are on land use issues and Municipal Code changes and forwarded to the Council for its consideration, whether a recommendation to approve or deny.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on the City of Orting Planning Commission, please submit a Commission Application and letter of interest to City of Orting, Attn: City Clerk, 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360; or by email to jmontgomery@cityoforting.org To be considered for this position applications need to be received by 4:30 p.m. on January 24th, 2018.

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CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION – OPEN POSITION

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION VACANCY

The City of Orting is seeking applicants for the Civil Service Commission to fill the remainder of a six year term. The term for this position will commence when filled and will expire December 31, 2021. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

The Civil Service Commission consists of five (5) members who are citizens of the United States, a resident of the City of Orting (inside city limits) for at least three (3) years prior to appointment and an elector of Pierce County. The Civil Service Commission’s role is to make and maintain suitable rules and regulations as to full time employees of the Orting Police Department as to RCW 41.12. Such rules and regulations shall provide the manner in which examinations may be held, and how appointments, promotions, transfers, reinstatements, demotions, suspensions and discharges shall be made. Further, the commission may provide for any other matter, which may be considered desirable to carry out. Such rules and regulations may be changed from time to time. The Civil Service Commission shall have no administrative or supervisory powers not available to the City Council.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on the City of Orting Civil Service Commission, please submit a Commission Application and letter of interest City of Orting, Attn: City Clerk, 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360; or by email to jmontgomery@cityoforting.org. , by 4:30pm on January 24th, 2018.

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Positon Opening- Water/Wastewater Operator II

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Water/Wastewater Operator II
Department: Public Works

Reports To: Public Works Supervisor
Effective Date: 1/01/17
Wage: $23.00 – $28.29 / hour
Closing Date: 1/15/18

Major Function and Purpose

The Water/Wastewater Operator II is primarily responsible for performing general maintenance duties and laboratory testing required for proper operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Wastewater Collection System and the Water Distribution facilities. This is a journey level position, which entails the ability to install, inspect, and repair all equipment that is necessary to this process, and to ensure that it functions properly at all times. Continue Reading

Job Opening- Building Inspector

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Building Inspector I
DEPARTMENT: Building
JOB CODE: 580

REPORTS TO: Building Official EFFECTIVE DATE: 01/02/18

PAY RANGE: $25.86- $31.84
CLOSING DATE: 01/23/18

This is a full-time position. The Building Inspector is not a Civil Service employee, and union membership is required. It is not anticipated that he/she will be required to attend meetings during other than normal work hours; however, the employee in this position may be called back to work before or after regularly scheduled work hours or on scheduled days off. Continue Reading

Job Opening- City Planner

JOB DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE: Planner DEPARTMENT: Administration
REPORTS TO: City Administrator
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 02, 2018
PAY RANGE: $57,123- $70,254
CLOSING DATE: 01/23/18

This is a full-time, FLSA Exempt, non-union position. Under limited supervision, the City Planner administers current planning for the City of Orting and oversees planning, zoning, subdivision, development regulations, and conducts long range planning. The regular work schedule for the City Engineer is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Attendance at evening meetings is anticipated. Continue Reading

Mayor’s Corner: A Look Forward at 2018

Mayor's Corner - Orting - 2018

It’s a brand new year and a new direction for Orting to go with it! 

On the surface, many of the things you love about Orting will remain the same. 

However, behind the scenes, we are ramping up for a very busy year in 2018.  

New Faces In Government

If you watch council meetings on TV or read about them online, you will see that there are some new faces in the room.  In addition to a new Mayor, we have one new councilmember, and the city council will be selecting another councilmember for the remaining open seat.

For those who are interested in becoming our next city-councilmember, please review the announcement here as soon as possible.  Applications need to be submitted to Jane Montgomery, City Clerk, by 4:00 pm on January 3rd, 2018.

Regarding my new role as Mayor, my most pressing goals are to develop a culture of leadership and communication within Orting.  This perspective means we will be working hard to engender a team approach to tackling issues here at City Hall and throughout the rest of our city.  We are going to be a team of teams, and in that vision, everyone has a part to play in continuing to make Orting a wonderful place to live, work, play, and do business.

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Building On Success

Leaders of our past have left their fingerprints all over the city.  And if we were to establish a state of the city as it sits at the beginning of 2018, we’d say, “The City of Orting” is strong.  We have a balanced budget coming out of 2017, with healthy reserves.   We have a tremendous levee system on our Puyallup flank, and we are making steady progress in getting it certified through FEMA.  We have loyal and highly capable and professional public servants at all levels of our administration.   And we have a vision for managed growth.

Our Challenges & Opportunities

Managing growth is just one of our challenges as we establish our vision for 2018 and beyond.

Staffing Opportunities & Re-alignment Abound

Most pressing, today, is working through retirements in a couple of our key positions as well as adding a several brand new positions.  By the end of the Summer, we should have on staff a new City Engineer, Planner, Police Chief, Accountant, and Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator, and a new police officer or two!

Public Works Facility On The Horizon

In addition to the opportunities that these new faces will bring to Orting, we have a lot of facilities discussions to work our way through this year.

First on the list of facilities is a long-planned, and saved for, public works facility.

For decades, our leaders at the council and staff levels have been saving for and planning a new facility that would not only support our Public Works department but provide them with the type of support they can use to improve productivity in their everyday routines and levels of service for all citizens of Orting.

To date, the council and administrative staff have saved over $1million for this project. We are still exploring our options regarding how far this savings will take us.

City Hall Facility

In 2017, the city agreed to sell the existing public safety building to Orting Valley Fire & Rescue.  Orting Police Department and OVFR had been cohabitating the facility since its construction; however, the needs of OVFR had grown to a point where a discussion began about purchasing the building, in whole, from Orting.

At the end of the year, the sale of the public safety building became final, and OPD now leases the section of the facility that they utilize from OVFR.  This leasing agreement is not intended to be a permanent facilities solution for our OPD.

In 2017, while determining the future of an OPD station, the city council requested a more global facilities discussion be undertaken.  This exploration included a future facility for OPD, the City Hall facility where administrative and public works staff work, and the Multi-Purpose facility.  It quickly became clear that a cohesive (and informed) vision might be best to discuss with the expertise of an architectural firm that has worked through these challenges with other cities.

The city council retained an architectural firm and options were laid out for facilities.  In my opinion, the best of the options is a combined Orting Police Department and City Hall facility, placed either on the current site of City Hall or with frontage to the downtown park.

The price and financing plan of this new municipal center building for Orting are still conceptual.  The council and my staff will need to work through this as a team and present options to the public that are palatable and in line with the budget we have available. 

If you have questions about why we are discussing new facilities, how we would pay for them, or any other aspect of them, reach out to me and let’s work this issue through together.  Email me here.

Staying In Touch

My intent with the Mayor’s Corner is to keep the citizens of Orting involved and informed in how the city is working for them.  At times, we may not get things right.  If you’re reading these articles and scratching your head with the feeling that there is a better way to do things – I encourage you to reach out to me directly and seek (or provide) answers.

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PARKS & RECREATION SURVEY

The City of Orting is preparing a plan to expand the Parks & Recreation Services! We would like your help to determine what additional types of programs/activities are needed to serve the Orting Community!

You can help us by taking a few minutes to answer the following questions. Each member of your household is welcome to participate in our survey, as we value all comments! Please check all areas that apply to you!

If you would like more information or have any questions about Orting Parks & Recreation, please contact us at 360.893.2219 ext. 120, visit our website at www.cityoforting.org or email us at recreation@cityoforting.org.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2018 Orting Parks & Recreation Survey!

Click on the more information link to access the survey.

Beckie Meek
City of Orting
360.893.2219 ext.120
SMALL TOWN~BIG FUN!
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JOB OPENING- PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

The Public Works Director has the responsibility for planning organizing, directing, and coordinating activities of Public Works Department and participates in the routine maintenance, operation and construction of public works improvements for the City. The Public Works Director will submit annual budget estimates, review plans, evaluate, plan and direct the construction, operation and maintenance needs of the City in public works programs including water, wastewater, stormwater, streets, cemetery and parks.

Monthly Salary
$6,786.99- $8,347.15

To Apply please submit Cover Letter, Resume and Application to City Hall. Or Send to slarson@cityoforting.org.

Closing Date: 1/5/18 Continue Reading

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