2015-10-01 / Front Page

Gosport Council Takes Action To Terminate Town Superintendent

by Travis Curry
SEW Editor

Tuesday’s special meeting of the Gosport Town Council saw the three-member board take action to terminate the contract of town superintendent Nick Manson.

The council initially voted 3-0 in favor of asking Manson to resign from the post he has held since September 8, 2014. When asked by council president Mitch Pierce if he would in fact resign, Manson, standing in the doorway at Gosport Town Hall, shook his head ‘no.’

Under the terms of his contract with the Town, Manson was to obtain wastewater treatment, water treatment and distribution system licenses as directed. The cost of the training was to be paid for by the Town of Gosport. Training was to begin within 90 days of the execution of the contract in September of 2014. In addition, he was to be paid to attend the classes and in exchange for the Town taking on the financial commitment to train Manson, he was to perform his duties for a period of five years, commencing on the date he obtained his first license.

The salary agreed to in the original contract states that Manson was to be paid $16.00 per hour for a 40-hour work week from the start of his employment until January 1, 2015. From January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015, he was to be paid $17.00 per hour for a 40-hour work week.

After Manson indicated his refusal to resign, town attorney Terry English reference two key paragraphs in Manson’s original employment contract.

“Under paragraph 2K, Mr. Manson was supposed to have commenced waste water treatment plant training within 90 days of the time that the original contract was signed,” English began. “To the best of my knowledge that training has not commenced. There is a provision under the contract that says if that is not commenced in a timely fashion then we are required to give Mr. Manson 30 days advance notice of our right to terminate the contract. Since that (training) has not been completed my recommendation is that we have a motion on the floor to terminate the contract under provisions 2K and 2L of that particular agreement.”

Council member Brian Gessler made the motion, Jamie Neibel seconded the motion, and the board voted 3-0 in favor of terminating Manson’s contract within 30 days.

The Town of Gosport does not offer health insurance nor retirement benefits and Manson received neither under the terms of the original contact.

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