Dublin Villager

Council approves contract extension for city manager

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Dublin City Manager Marsha Grigsby will be sticking around for a while.

Dublin City Council members unanimously voted last week to extend Grigsby's contract as city manager.

Dublin appointed Grigsby city manager in December 2010, after her years of serving as director of finance and filling in three times as interim city manager.

Grigsby's original contract, which included an annual salary of $180,000, ended in December.

The new contract approved by council March 24 includes a $198,000 annual salary, retirement benefits, health insurance and retention incentive of a 5-percent bonus at the end of the first year and each additional year.

The newest contract for Grigsby does not have an ending date, but it says she must give the city six months notice when she plans to retire.

Council also reserves the right to terminate the contract if Grigsby does not perform her job to the standards they have set or if a legal situation arises.

In other council news, alcohol sales in Coffman Park for the 2014 Dublin Irish Festival were approved.

Council members also agreed to waive the competitive bidding process for the beer provider for the Irish festival and use Superior Beverage Group of Columbus.

The company will provide Killian's Irish Red, Coors Light, Coors, Guinness, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Blue Moon for the Dublin Irish Festival.

Killian's Irish Red and Guinness are among the sponsors for the event that will run Aug. 1-3 in Coffman Park.

Dublin City Council members also last week gave Grigsby the OK to work with New Era Golf Ohio on a contract that could have the company operating the Golf Club of Dublin.

City Law Director Stephen Smith said the golf course, which opened 12 years ago, has been taken back by the creditor General Electric Equities after financial problems.

New Era Golf Ohio has been in discussions with General Electric Credit to take over operations for the club, Smith said.

"New Era has a strong history of taking over struggling courses and making the needed investments to provide quality play and efficient operations," the staff report to council stated.

"Bent Tree and Royal American (golf courses) are examples of such successes."

If the contract is executed, New Era Golf Ohio plans on repairing "stacked sod bunkers, leasing a new fleet of golf carts and painting the clubhouse building (as needed)," the staff report said.

"They also would anticipate adding a junior golf program and weekly golf clinics."

The contract and negotiations are expected to be finished later this month, the staff report said.

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