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Sturtevant Approves Interim Administrator, Boardwalk at Kirkorian Nature Preserve

Here's a round-up of some of what trustees decided at the July 17 Sturtevant Village Board meeting.

Sturtevant trustees Tuesday night unanimously approved the appointment of Mary Cole to the position of interim administrator. A few minutes later, they also voted unanimously to accept Mark Janiuk's resignation as the village administrator.

. He starts Monday.

Cole has been the clerk/deputy treasurer since 2006, and Janiuk has been the administrator since January 2006 after he retired from serving as general counsel for Racine County.

, Janiuk recommended that the Village Board promote Cole into the administrator's role. After the Administration, Personnel, Policy and Legal Committee discussed it and got confirmation from Cole that she was interested, Janiuk and Cole hammered out a transition plan.

As the interim administrator, Cole will still serve as the village clerk, but she will transfer many of her duties to Gary Bell, the accounting clerk. The "interim" period is six months, after which the board will either move Cole fully into the administrator's position or decide on other options.

Cole will make $70,000 annually or $33.65 per hour, an increase of $18.20 per hour over her clerk's salary of $38,646, or $18.58 per hour. According to market research done by Janiuk, administrators in other villages the same size as Sturtevant make between $65,000 and $80,000 per year while clerks usually make $50,000.

"It's with a heavy heart that I make this motion," said Trustee John Johnson to introduce accepting Janiuk's resignation.

Janiuk thanked the board for the years they worked together.

"I'm going to miss all of you and I appreciate all the hard work we've done," he said.

Village President Steve Jansen perhaps summed it up best.

"You know, when you first started here, our village was in kind of a mess," he said. "But you helped us learn a lot and really kept us in line and got us back on track. Thank you for everything you've done for Sturtevant."

Boardwalk at Kirkorian Nature Preserve

Enjoying Kirkorian Nature Preserve is something a lot of residents already know, but with the addition of a wooden walkway, visitors will get an even better perspective.

Designed to lead from Broadway into the park, the walkway will then lead out onto the pond with benches and raised areas along the way.

Trustees unanimously approved allocating costs for the project not to exceed $25,000. Funds will come primarily from a park impact fee account.

Newsletter Publishing

Trustees approved with a 5-1 vote a five-year contract with Liturgical Publications to provide a 12-page village newsletter four times a year. If the village wants to cancel the contract, they can only do so after two years.

The costs for producing the newsletter are borne by the publication company and are paid for through ad sales. Sturtevant is only responsible for mailing costs, which Cole said were expected to stay about the same as when the village produced the newsletter.

Trustee Chris Larsen was the only dissention, and he said he only objected because of the length of the contract.

"The newsletter is an effective way to communicate with residents about special events, parking restrictions an ordinances they need to know," he said. "I just don't want us tied into something for two years if we determine before then that it's not working out."

Erin July 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Haters gonna hate! Mary is the perfect person to fill Marks shoes. She has been with Sturtevant for over a decade, starting with the parks and rec program. I think that before Mary wasn't paid enough for all of the time, effort and dedication to Sturtevant as a clerk and it even says average for a clerk is $50,000. Go Mary!
SturtResident July 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Never said I hated her, in fact I said she does a great job as clerk and I closed by wishing her well. I think it's a mistake by the trustees to put her in as administrator, especially with today's fiscal challenges, without even opening the position up for other applications. I know she started in P&R, and the village has pretty much been her sole employer. When the village has half the employees now than it had just ten years ago and more residents in that same period, and is struggling to make ends meet elsewhere, I think doubling her pay (and spending $25,000 on a boardwalk for a barely used nature area) is a mistake at this time. But I'll say it again, I wish her well and great success. I would like nothing more than to be wrong on this decision.
Chris Larsen July 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM
SturtResident, It was my committee (Administration, Personnel, Policy and Legal) that made the recommendation to appoint Clerk Cole as the interim administrator. I would be more then happy to discuss any reservations you might have with the decision, my number is available in the newsletter and the Village's website. I would also invite you to attend our committee and Board meetings every Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
Michele Bachmann July 19, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Mary, I wish you the best. Having a small business in Sturtevant, Mary has gone over and beyond helping me with issues I have had. Mary is very dedicated to Sturtevant and we should be happy she accepted this position. She puts 100% into her work and I can say from experience, she has been a great help to me. Congratulations Mary!
Chris Wright July 19, 2012 at 07:38 PM
SturtResident, I would also be happy to discuss any questions you have concerning the appointment or the boardwalk project. However, I am currently on a business trip and would be happy to talk with you on Monday evening after I return. My number is also listed on the Village website.

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