The Eureka City Council will meet Tuesday to vote on the new city manager's contract, which includes a $155,000 annual salary.
Greg Sparks, who currently serves as city manager in West Des Moines, Iowa, will also receive five weeks of combined vacation and sick leave, and the city will match Sparks' Medicare contribution, according to the proposed agreement.
Sparks replaces former City Manager Bill Panos, who resigned in October after nine months on the job to take a job with the Wyoming Governor's Office. He is scheduled to start May 1.
The council will also vote on whether to reject all of the proposals submitted to operate a cafe and optional fish counter at the Fisherman's Terminal Building.
”After a thorough review, the panel recommends the city council not proceed with any of the proposers due in part to a lack of experience in operating a cafe, lack of financial contribution toward the project, and a couple had questionable credit,” a staff report said.
The city began soliciting proposals from prospective restaurant operators in December. By the end of January, only four proposals were submitted. The submissions were ranked by a seven-member panel that included city staff, a restaurant professional, a developer and Arcata Economic Development Council members, the report said.
The city has spent more than two years actively looking for a long-term tenant after securing more than $2.8 million from the Economic Development Administration and $800,000 in redevelopment funds to construct a $17,000 square-foot fish processing facility along with a market and cafe.
In other business, the council will hear a report on Eureka's motel ordinance, which will begin penalizing hotels that generate an excessive number of calls for service to the city's police and fire departments. Establishments deemed to have an excessive number of calls will be notified in September.
If you go:
What: Eureka City Council meeting
Where: City Council chambers, 531 K St.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
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