The Gardiner City Council on Wednesday will consider a proposal from the Maine Municipal Association to conduct the search for Gardiner’s next city manager, and it will consider a proposal to name an interim city manager.

The proposal outlines nine steps, including a needs assessment, recruiting, resume review and screening, interviews and background checks. The final step is making an offer and negotiating a contract.

Scott Morelli, Gardiner’s current city manager, announced earlier this month that he has accepted the city manager’s position in South Portland, and his last day in Gardiner will be March 3.

Mayor Thom Harnett said the process will take as long as needed to find the right candidate.

“At a minimum, it could take four months,” Harnett said, “but it could take up to six or nine months. It’s important to get the right person who matches what we want.”

The process will include input from both the City Council and the community, he said.

The City Council will also consider a proposal from city department heads to appoint Anne Davis as interim city manager. Davis, who is the director of the Gardiner Public Library, served in that capacity before Morelli was hired in 2010. The other city department heads would act in the capacity of co-managers. They are expected to discuss the proposal in an executive session. If a decision is made, it will be in open session.

Elected officials will also:

• consider eliminating a street light on Beech Street;

• discuss Age Friendly Communities with a representative from AARP;

• consider the City Council’s 2017 goals and meeting guidelines;

• hold a public hearing and second read of amendments to the Land Use Ordinance;

• hold a public hearing and second read on general obligation bonds for a new fire engine;

• consider renewing the liquor license for the Depot Pub;

• consider renewing the bottle license for the Gardiner Sportsman Club;

• consider issuing a pawn broker’s license to Gardiner Trade Pawn;

• consider a proposed purchase and sale agreement for a lot in the Libby Hill Business Park in executive session and consider taking action on it in open session;

• hold a public hearing and first read on a proposal to appropriate $150,000 from the city’s fund balance as a leadership challenge for the renovation of the Johnson Hall Theater.

The Gardiner City Council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gardiner City Hall, 6 Church St.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

[email protected]

Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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