Stanhope council accepts resignation from Stupp

STANHOPE – The Stanhope City Council had an unexpected item on its agenda at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

Public works director Tad Stupp, who recently accepted a position with the city of Gilbert, submitted his resignation. With reluctance, the council’s vote was unanimous to accept the resignation. Stupp, who has been employed with the city of Stanhope for three years, made his resignation effective the end of March. He will be paid for his two weeks of accumulated vacation but not for comp time to date.

With this resignation, both of the full-time city employees in Stanhope will need to be replaced, as City Clerk Ron McKenzie earlier this year announced his plans to retire on June 30. The search committee already appointed to fill that position will expand their duties to include filling Stupp’s position.

Plans are to proceed with the timetable established to hire a new city clerk. Applications are now being accepted, and after interviews and an employment offer, the candidate will begin work part time starting May 1 and full time on June 2. Although McKenzie planned to officially retire on June 30, on Tuesday he told the council he will be available to assist in the city office if needed and could stay on ninety days longer if necessary.

“I will do whatever it takes,” McKenzie stated. “I won’t leave the town in the lurch, and I’ll fill in longer if needed.”

A visitor to the meeting was Mickie Shubin of Community and Family Resources, there to discuss a social hosting ordinance that the agency is trying to establish in each town in the county. Webster City and Randall have adopted the ordinance, which makes it illegal for an adult in control of property to knowingly allow an underage person to consume alcohol on the host’s property.

Councilman Roger Hayes, Jr., was vocal in his opposition to the social hosting ordinance.

“Underage drinking is a very serious problem,” he said. “I hate drunk drivers, but I like my freedom more. I would never vote for this. I am adamantly opposed. Let’s hold people responsible who are supposed to be responsible instead of kicking the can down the road.”

Other council members discussed the proposed ordinance with Shubin, who read a statement from the Randall City Council about why they approved the ordinance. Under this ordinance, the first violation is a civil charge, with the second violation a criminal charge.

In the end, the council requested more information and tabled action on it.

Tuesday’s meeting also included a public hearing on the 2014-15 city operating budget. There were no questions or comments from the public. The budget was approved, as was the first amendment of the budget.

In other business, the council:

Approved selling the 1986 fire truck at auction in Stratford next month. There will be a $2,000 reserve on the truck.

Appointed Tony Van De Pol of Stanhope to coach the 2014 summer recreation program. The salary of $1,136 for the season is the same as past summers.

Voted to OK a request from the Johnson family to put sheep at the waste stabilization lagoon for spring and summer to assist with maintenance.