HYDE PARK – Like other cities and towns in the county, Hyde Park is growing and one of the debates has been around the proposal that the city hire a city manager or administrator. This was a discussion that played out in Providence a couple years ago. On KVNU’s For the People program last week, Hyde Park Mayor Sharidean Flint talked about how this idea came about.
“We’ve actually been talking about it for over a year now, just in passing, that perhaps it’s time for some sort of help because the city is growing. I mean, normally, for our city we have 30, 32 homes a year that come in. And that’s pretty steady all the time. This year already we have over 60 new homes and so we’re double what we normally are and the year’s not even over yet,” the mayor explained.
Flint said with so many changes it would be nice to have somebody who can help in that capacity because the mayor is a part-time position. She said the council members do a great job but they have other jobs that they’re working full-time. The mayor said she and the council are still hammering out exactly what powers a city manager would have and not have.
AUDIO: Hyde Park Mayor Sharidean Flint talks to Jason Williams of For the People