Posts tagged with "Clai Brown"

Avondale Estates hires new clerk and spokesperson, parks job still vacant

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 17, 2015

Avondale Estates has filled two of its top jobs, but one position hasn’t been filled for a year. City Manager Clai Brown announced on Friday, July 17, that Gina Hill is Avondale’s new city clerk and Debbie Revzin is the city’s new communications manager. Hill replaces Juliette Sims-Owens, who resigned as city clerk on May 4. She will […]

Avondale’s former mayor seeking city property to build a boardwalk

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 18, 2015

Ed Rieker, the former mayor of Avondale Estates, is asking for the city to grant him an easement or a quitclaim deed so he can build a boardwalk next to his commercial property on Center Street. The city has tentatively agreed to explore the possibility with him and will consult with the city’s attorney. Under […]

Avondale and Decatur both see 20 percent growth in tax digest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 1, 2015

Decatur and Avondale Estates are each reporting similar growth in their overall tax digests, and the recent annexation of property in both cities is at least partially responsible. The effect of annexation on the tax digest seems to be greater in Avondale Estates than Decatur, according to the top administrators of both cities. The city […]

Avondale Estates City Clerk resigns

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 5, 2015

Juliette Sims-Owens has left her post as the City Clerk of Avondale Estates. Sims-Owens, who has been with the city since 2008, resigned on May 4. City Manager Clai Brown could offer few details about why Sims-Owens has left the city. “Juliette did voluntary resign yesterday,” Brown said. “Being a personnel matter that is all […]

Avondale Estates refutes ethics complaint regarding Stratford Green annexation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 9, 2015

The city of Avondale Estates has issued a lengthy rebuttal to an ethics complaint filed against city commissioners, calling parts of it factually inaccurate. Attorney Joe Mandarino filed the complaint on March 4, challenging the city’s recent annexation of city’s recent annexation of 154 town homes in the Stratford Green neighborhood off of Covington Road. The complaint […]

7 questions about Avondale’s 2015 budget

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 7, 2014

The City of Avondale Estates has published its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Avondale’s budget runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The draft is included at the end of this article. The proposed budget for 2015 is $2.9 million. It would increase city spending by 12.3 percent, $320,674 more than 2014. The city predicts […]

Sunday Morning Meditation – Forward Avondale

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 26, 2014

This post has been updated.  Avondale Estates is in a tough spot right now. The positive vibe of the city’s downtown renaissance has been overshadowed by the poor-handling of the annexation issue by its elected officials. Ed Rieker, who took most of the blame for the controversy, resigned as mayor on Oct. 2 to pursue a […]

Avondale will fill ‘concierge’ job

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 23, 2014

Avondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown said Thursday that the city plans to fill a job opening for a “permit concierge,” a position proposed by the city’s former mayor. Ed Rieker, who resigned on Oct. 2, pushed for the position prior to his unexpected departure. The concierge would be responsible for guiding applicants through the […]

Euramex has Fenner Dunlop under contract

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 25, 2014

The 13-acre Fenner Dunlop property in Avondale Estates is under contract and the interested buyer is a developer who is also working on a project in Kirkwood. City Manager Clai Brown announced during the Aug. 20 City Commission work session that the property is under contract, but so far city officials have not said who the […]

Sunlight optional – Avondale info hard to find

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 15, 2014

The city of Avondale Estates is hard to figure out these days. Even simple questions prove difficult to answer. This month the city cancelled the regular meeting and work session of the city commission. The next regular city commission meeting won’t occur until June 23. City Manager Clai Brown didn’t respond when asked why the […]

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