At a special meeting on March 4, the CSD Board voted 3-2 to offer a contract to a potentially new general manager. CSD President Kevin Graves and Vice President Mark Simon dissented on the vote on the contract, which is being negotiated through CPS Human Resources. The terms of the contract or the identity of the candidate have not been released, but a response was expected soon, possibly this week. Once a new general manager is named, Discovery Bay’s current general manager, Virgil Koehne, will become the town’s water and wastewater manager.
With the possibly imminent arrival of a new GM and other potential staff changes he or she might make, the directors at their March 17 meeting authorized Koehne to begin looking into available new sites for the expansion of the town’s offices. In addition to exploring all viable options, Koehne will look into the possibility of renting office space at the Discovery Bay Shopping Center across from the fire station.
The area would provide enough space in which to hold town meetings, while opening up the current district offices for a conference room and future office areas.
Koehne will report back to the board as options become available.
At the same meeting, CSD Treasurer Brian Dawson announced he had stepped down as chairman of the board’s Web site committee following the hiring of his wife by the company recently contracted to upgrade the town’s Web site.
NIA Creative, owned by Discovery Bay residents Jennifer and Chris Finetti, hired Jessica Dawson several weeks ago. In September, NIA was selected from among three firms to revamp the town’s current site.
Although Dawson’s public announcement came last week, he said he had reported his intention to resign earlier, at the time of his wife’s hiring.
“Some weeks ago my wife was offered a position (at NIA),” said Dawson, “and I immediately called Kevin Graves and our legal counsel to let them know that I would be stepping down.”
Graves confirmed the earlier conversation last week. “Once his wife had been hired, Brian called me the next day, which was the right thing to do in the spirit of transparency.”
NIA Creative plans to present its new upgrades to the town’s site at the CSD meeting on April 7.
Also on March 17, Graves instructed town staff to draw up a proposal of acceptance for a T-Mobile cell phone tower in the Slifer Park area. The tower, which will resemble a palm tree, is expected to bring the town approximately $2,000 in monthly revenue.