Ferdinand Town Council Meeting

The Ferdinand Town Council said their ‘goodbyes’ to outgoing Ferdinand Town Manager Marc Steczyk at Tuesday night’s Council meeting.

It was announced last Friday morning that Steczyk had tendered his resignation after six years as Town Manager to take a position in the Marketing Department with Kimball Office, a division of Kimball International.

Council members Deb Johnson, Ron Weyer and Council President Ken Sicard begrudgingly passed a motion to accept Steczyk’s resignation.  Then they turned around and passed another motion to open the position so that they can begin accepting applications for the position.  Sicard said he has already had several inquiries about the job and he told WITZ News last Friday that he hopes to have the position filled by October.

The Town is coming into a very busy time of the year and so the Council agreed to enter into a temporary services agreement with Steczyk to handle the Ferdinand Folk Fest and the Town Website until a permanent Town Manager is hired.

Sicard asked Steczyk to post the opening for the position on the Town website as soon as today (Wednesday) so that they can begin to accept applications and interested persons can view the Town Manager ordinance that spells out the requirements of the job.

Steczyk’s last day with the Town is Friday and he begins his new position with Kimball on Monday of next week.

Also in the meeting last night, the Town Council gave approval to Town Police Chief Ricky Patton to begin the process of purchasing two new police cars for his department.

Patton talked about the reasons for getting two new ones this year after the meeting:

Ricky Patton

He was given approval to spend $28,000.00 out of his budget on a new patrol car, while the Council approved another $28,000 loan out of the Electric department budget for a second police car so that Patton can begin to get the department back on a regular replacement schedule.  The loan from the utility department keeps the Town from paying financing costs when purchasing through an outside financial institution.

Finally, Angie Seffernick and Sue Fink gave their final update on the Ferdinand Heimatfest 2013 Donations.  The total was $8,356.00 and was distributed to 10 organizations including $2,000 to the Ferdinand Parks Department and $500 to the Ferdinand Fire Department.

Then the pair gave the update on all donations taken in since they became the Committee chairpersons.  Total donations over their six-year tenure amounted to $35,492.30.  They announced that this would be their last Heimatfest as Committee Organizers.

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