The Eureka City Council will meet in closed session on Monday to interview six candidates for city manager.
"We're going to interview them and get a feel of which one of them we feel might be the best fit for Eureka," Mayor Frank Jager said.
Two of the candidates are local, three others reside in California and one is from out of state, he added.
Each interview is scheduled for 45 to 60 minutes.
After the council decides on a final candidate, a background check will be conducted by not only search firm Peckham and McKenney, but also by a private investigator hired by the council.
"I'm hopeful by early March, we could have somebody on board," Jager said, but added that it all depends on the background check.
During Tuesday's council meeting, the council will discuss the Carole Beaton v. City of Eureka, Frank Jager lawsuit in closed session.
Attorney Peter Martin said he has been in contact with City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson about the prayer portion of Beaton's suit, which claims Jager used his title and city resources to promote his annual prayer breakfast, to see if it can be resolved.
In regular session, the council will vote on a number of housekeeping items, including a bid for the Sunset Road reconstruction project.
The work will be done near the Lost Coast Brewery expansion site. The brewery, known for its award-winning micro-brews, is being built on a 9.3-acre parcel of pastureland east of South Broadway between Sunset Road and Ocean View Cemetery.
"It is intended to bring the utilities up to a standard to serve the brewery and to resurface the roadway," Public Works Director Bruce Young said. "That street had been in pretty poor condition."
According to a staff report, staff recommend the council award the bid to RAO Construction Co., Inc. for about $735,700.
Staff also recommend the council authorize staff to negotiate a consultant services contract with LACO Associates for $35,000 for materials testing, geotechnical subgrade observation and recommendations, construction staking and referencing and re-setting survey monuments, the report said.
Finally, staff recommend the council appropriate an additional $133,000 from water, wastewater and/or gas tax funds for a total project outlay of $845,000.
Young said he is not sure when construction will start on Sunset.
"We would like it to start as soon as possible, but it will take a little time," he said.
In other business, the council will vote on an agreement between the city of Eureka and the Eureka City Employees' Association for a contract through February 2016. According to a staff report, the agreement includes a phased 2 percent employee contribution toward the city's annual Public Employees Retirement System employer contribution costs and establishes a new lower entry-level salary step for new employees in all classifications, and provides two annual one-time payments for all classifications.
If you go:
What: Eureka City Council meeting
Where: City Council chambers, 531 K St.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
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