Mayor Kaysen: Unanswered Questions On Administrator
Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen says there are still a lot of unanswered questions about a proposal to have an appointed city administrator take over most day-to-day city decision making.
The mayor says he isn't taking a position on the proposal, adding it would be inappropriate for him to do so.
But he says if voters do approve the city administrator in a November 10th special election a lot of details will have to be hammered out before it can be implemented. He says there are 104 provisions of state law that address the duties of a mayor, but don't outline those of a city administrator.
He goes on to say the ordinance passed by the city council on the issue is vague about which duties would be handled by an appointed administrator and which would be the responsibility of the elected mayor.
He also disputed claims by backers of the administrator proposal that the city's development fees are excessively high and are hurting the local economy. The mayor says studies conducted for the city have shown that to be untrue, adding the city wouldn't impose fees that would hurt Cheyenne in the competition for new businesses.