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.
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."