Absences delay Sycamore City Council vote on contract renewal

Eric Beesley

SYCAMORE | A decision to renew Sycamore City Manager Bill Nicklas’ contract was delayed at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Nicklas’ contract is set to expire on April 30.

Fourth Ward Alderwoman Terry Kessler said the ordinance should stay in first reading since two council members were not in attendance. It was decided that the ordinance be brought up again at the next meeting.

“In my opinion we want Bill to stay and finish this term and go longer,” said 1st Ward Alderman Alan Bauer. “First reading is probably appropriate; I don’t know if there is a rush.”

Since the city manager has reached retirement age under Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund guidelines a provision has been added to the contract. According to the agenda, the provision states if the Illinois General Assembly caps the salaries of its employees for pension calculation purposes during the life of this agreement, the city will guarantee the difference between what would have been earned and any legislative cap.

The new contract will extend to April 30, 2014, according to the agenda.

It was also announced that the council will hold a meeting to discuss the fiscal year 2012 budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Council Chambers, 308 W. State St.