WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday will consider renewing City Manager Michael Roy’s contract for three more years, selling a city-owned house on Grove Street and approving a resolution expressing solidarity with citizens of all races, religions and creeds in response to an incident in which a rock at the city’s recreation area was painted with a swastika recently.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown.

The council has met in executive session to discuss Roy’s contract, which expires Dec. 31, and will consider approving a three-year contract with Roy that says he will receive an annual salary of $117,291, the same salary he now earns.

Roy, 64, has been city manager since October 2004. The council would review Roy’s performance Jan. 1 each year of the agreement, according to the resolution councilors will consider Tuesday. It says the city manager would receive annual increases in the same amount as provided to other non-union city employees.

The council Tuesday also will consider a request to sell a two-unit apartment building at 8 Grove St. that the city acquired through nonpayment of taxes to Brown House Properties for $17,500. The balance, after payment of all outstanding taxes, interest, fees, and water and sewer bills, will be deposited in the South End Improvement Account, according to the meeting agenda.

The house sale issue caused controversy at the last council meeting Dec. 6 when Councilor Jackie Dupont, D-Ward 7, who represents the South End, said Brown House owns a lot of properties in the South End “that are in various states.” She said it’s ideally better to sell to people who would live in the home. The building at 8 Grove St. has code issues and problems with the foundation, according to Dupont.

But Mayor Nick Isgro said Brown House has invested heavily in the city and the city should trust the company. He said he took offense to Brown House being labeled a slumlord.

Meanwhile, Sherwood Booker, an owner of Brown House, wrote a column that appeared Thursday in the Morning Sentinel in which he wrote that Dupont’s claim — that Brown House properties are in various states and if the company secured the bid for 8 Grove Street, it would not make appropriate improvements — was insulting and inaccurate. The Brown House bid was the highest of three bids considered.

Tuesday’s vote would be the second and final vote on the apartment house sale. The council took a first vote Dec. 6 to sell to Brown House and it was approved 6-0.

In other matters Tuesday, the council will consider taking a second, final vote on transferring a credit enhancement agreement to a potential new owner of Hathaway Creative Center.

The council also will consider approving a resolution expressing solidarity with all citizens against threatening acts in response to an incident in which a swastika was painted in red on a large rock at the city-owned Quarry Road Recreation Area. The rock is near a parking lot serving the area of the Devil’s Chair hiking trail. Councilors also will review the 2015-16 audit.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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