Alderman Jeff Coe said Tuesday night he was surprised that new City Administrator Tom Friedel signed a six-year contract starting at $95,000 per year.
Coe used the public comment period before Tuesday's City Council meeting to criticize the council and mayor for how they handled Friedel's contract. He said Mayor John Dickert primarily consulted with four aldermen, but did not seek input from the other 10 council members.
"Apparently there are 10 other aldermen's opinions who do not matter in some cases," Coe said.
Coe also said he would not have voted for the contract at the $95,000 salary and vowed to never vote for another contract without seeing a signed copy. He also said he would have a hard time laying off city workers based on how Friedel's contract was approved.
Hear an excerpt from Coe's speech on WRJN here.
Dickert reports on conferences
The mayor reported on his recent trips to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International Great Lakes Conference. Here are a few highlights Dickert mentioned:
* He used the mayor's conference to tout Ruud Lighting's energy-efficient LED street lights. Racine is using federal stimulus money to replace 20 percent of its traditional street lights with LEDs. The new lights will save the city $50,000 a year, Dickert said.
* There was talk of a high-speed rail system connecting Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland. The train could also stretch up to Minneapolis, Dickert said.
* Racine will work with Chicago on the Windy City's 2016 Olympic bid.
* Dickert hopes to attract a regional or national Frank Lloyd Wright conference to Racine.