Middletown selects firm to search for new city manager

Middletown will be hiring a Cincinnati-based executive search firm to recruit a new city manager.

Acting City Manager Susan Cohen told Middletown City Council that the city received bids from six firms to do the nationwide search in January. Management Partners was picked to recruit a city manager to replace Doug Adkins, who was terminated in November after five years.

The contract will cost $19,900, plus additional costs for advertising fees and background checks. She said staff was recommending a contract not to exceed $25,000.

According to Management Partners proposal, it is prepared to complete the search by the end of June. The proposal said if the new hire does not work out within a year, the firm will re-open the search at no professional cost, but would expect to be reimbursed for out of pocket costs such as advertising and related costs.

The lead contact would be Greg Horn, who last served as Centerville’s city manager for 25 years before retiring. He has been a city manager for a total of 40 years.

“This expertise along with very competitive pricing makes staff believe this is the best choice to move forward,” Cohen said.

Since Management Partners was founded in 1994, it has worked with more than 900 local governments in 42 states. The company recently completed city/village manager searches in Forest Park, Springdale, Minerva, Montgomery and Clayton. It also helped Worthington and Westerville with searches for other city executive positions.

Council unanimously approved the emergency ordinance.

Airport taxiway lighting system replacement project approved

The contractor replacing the taxiway lighting system at Middletown Regional Airport made two changes to the original plan for safety reasons, which will cost the city more than planned.

The changes included the addition of electrical cutout panels and doubling the length of electrical grounding rods to avoid issues with lightning strikes.

The change orders totaled $6,354, which brings the city’s share up to $24,679 for the $366,485 project. Except for the changes, ODOT is paying 95 percent of the costs for the project.

Council approved the change orders as the additional funds would be paid from unappropriated funds in the airport’s capital improvement budget.

Lakeside Redirection Project approved

Middletown City Council approved the next project in the city’s efforts to comply with EPA-ordered upgrades to its systems for untreated sewage and overflows.

The next project as part of the Long Term Control Plan with the Lakeside Redirection Project authorizes the city to enter into a progressive design-build agreement with Ulliman Schutte, LLC. The Lakeside Redirection project was identified as a way to reduce the storm water flow into the combined sewer system from the Lakeside drainage area, according to Scott Tadych, city public works and utilities director.

Tadych said the first phase of the project could cost up to progressive design-build agreement is in an amount not-to-exceed $996,430 for design and pre-construction services. He said funds have already been appropriated in the 2020 Sewer Capital Reserve Fund for this project. The actual construction will be done during the second phase that is estimated to cost between $10 million and $12 million. The bulk of the construction will be done in 2021.

He said much of the design work will be done this year and the earliest construction could begin would be in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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