Greenway, Craddock discussed at Martin Informal

Greenway, Craddock discussed at Martin Informal
After holding a temporary position for 10 months with the City of Martin, the interim Community Development Director is requesting a “formal hiring” from board members to continue in the capacity as Martin Community Development Director. In an August letter to the Martin board of mayor and aldermen, Kimberly Craddock expressed she has never received the full-time salary offered to her upon completion of a 90-day probationary period. Craddock also asked board members to consider officially granting her the title of Martin Community Development Director. “What needs to be done,” alderman David Belote asked during the board’s informal session Tuesday evening. Belote asked if the board could legally promote Craddock to the position and what would be the entity’s next step in the process of fulfilling the request. Martin Mayor Randy Brundige explained Craddock was appointed by the board for 90 days as interim community development director. Once Craddock’s 90-day probationary period expired, the board chose to rest on making a decision to hire a full-time director to the position, according to Brundige. Craddock reminded board members in her letter the 90-day probation period ended seven months ago. The salary for the full-time position is apparently $3,000 more per year than Craddock has received as stated in the letter. According to the City of Martin’s personnel handbook, the board can promote and transfer within the departments. Craddock earlier held the position of accounts payable with the city. Since moving into the position of interim community development director, the city has filled Craddock’s former position. Board members chose to place Craddock’s on the agenda of its formal meeting Monday night. In other news, board members also heard a request by Brian Brown Memorial Greenway Board member Audrey Roberts to accept a state grant that would help fund phase one of the greenway project. Roberts said the greenway has been in the planning stages for five years and many community members have “put their hearts and souls into the project.” As the cost of materials has increased during the past five years, cost projections in the initial stage for the construction of the Brian Brown Memorial Greenway have fallen short of the actual cost the project requires today, according to Roberts. “It’s not what we’re going to do; it’s how we’re going to pay for it,” alderman Randy Edwards commented. A low bid of $394,480 has been offered to the city for the first phase of construction of the greenway. Board members opted to place the bid proposal on its agenda for Monday’s formal meeting. The Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will also consider adopting the certified property tax rate during its formal session next week. The recommended certified rate is $1.4772 per $100 of the assessed value of property. The current rate is $1.64. City Recorder Chris Mathis explained because this year involved a county reassessment, a new certified tax rate has been recommended to keep the city’s operating budget close to last year’s figures. Mathis said the board “must officially determine the new rate.” If the city plans to increase the tax rate, a public hearing must be held before a new tax rate is set by the board. The formal session of the Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen is set for 5:15 p.m. next Monday.

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