By Donna Westfall – August 22, 2017 – In 3 days, the process for hiring a new city manager for the City of Crescent City will begin. Here are a list of some questions I hope they ask the hopefuls:
Proposed questions for prospective city managers:
Since the City of Crescent City encumbered themselves in 2007 to a $43.8 million State Revolving Fund loan (SRF) to upgrade and expand the wastewater treatment center, without the resources to repay the loan,
- Do you have any idea’s to prevent the city from going into default, and possibly bankruptcy?
- How knowledgeable are you about wastewater treatment systems, State Revolving Fund loans, and Prop 218 as it relates to water and sewer rates?
- Are you aware that EXPANSION is to be paid for by developers and OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE is to be paid for by ratepayers?
- Do you know anything about the expansion component of our WWTP?
- If the City states it’s 12% expansion and the local taxpayers association states is 70%, what would you do, if anything, to clear up this confusion?
- The City stated during public comment severak years ago that approx. 1,850 single family residency equivalents (SFRE’s) were added to the system by hooking up the Harbor to the WWTP. Is the Harbor paying it’s fair share?
- Do you have any experience in handling municipal bankruptcy?
If you have any burning questions on your mind that you wish our council members would ask the prospective city managers, please add them in the comment section so we can send them to our acting city manager, Mike Young.