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Search For City Manager Winds Down

Mayor Keith Prunty has provided an update on significant issues in Kimball, including the status of the city administrator search and the city budget.

He said the administrator position is about to be filled. The finalists for the position vacated by Dan Dean in early May are Carson Sisk, Annette Brower and Elizabeth Hansen, although Hansen has recently decided to take her name off the finalist list.

The public interviews with the candidates will be conducted at the Sagebrush on Sept 4. The public will not be able to ask any question, but plans include a meet and greet session after the interviews.

The decision is actually a mayoral appointment that must be approved by the City Council. The mayor is enlisting the help of the five members of the Public Works Committee and the four council members.

Prunty said that this decision “has been a long time in coming” and he added that this process has taught “patience and clear thinking.” He also stressed that COVID-19 did not help move the process along.

In other city news the city budget process has been completed, according to Prunty.

He also said that they are initiating a tree program to help residents with the financial burden of removing dead trees. The South Platte Natural Resource District has a similar program to help residents.

Prunty also said Council has put aside $25,000 for a sidewalk program, which will help homeowners with updating and replacing sidewalks. Details for both of these programs are coming.

Ducktales Barber Shop has been purchased and the new owners will have a Bible reading store, according to Prunty. In addition, he said updates and repairs are being done for a Japanese restaurant in downtown Kimball.