Spring administration ends with brief meeting

Posted: May. 6, 2013 4:56 pm Updated: May. 20, 2013 5:15 pm

By MATT HOPFHerald-Whig Staff Writer

John Spring's administration ended quietly Monday afternoon as the Quincy City Council adjourned for the final time during Spring's eight years as mayor.

"I just wanted to say thanks to everybody," Spring said. "It's been fun. I wish everyone the best."

In his final report to aldermen, Spring reported that the employee headcount is 312, down from 348 in 2009. He said the early retirement incentive introduced by the city in 2009 has so far saved the city $4.2 million -- $696,000 ahead of projections.

Twenty-two employees took early retirement, and the city paid out $431,000 in unused vacation and sick time. As an incentive, the city also offered eligible employees individual health insurance for up to 48 months, with the city-paid premium not to exceed $628.

The total cost of the health insurance incentive is expected to be $663,168 over the life of the program. Employees had the option of receiving the money as a cash buyout instead.

Spring also reported on the city's reserve fund levels: $1.27 million in the cash reserve fund, $1.26 million in the vehicle replacement fund and $138,000 in the fire equipment replacement fund.

After the meeting, Republican Cindy Brink was sworn in as Quincy Township supervisor. She replaces Democrat Steve Schrage, who did not seek a seventh term.

Democrat Ray Points was sworn in for his seventh four-year term as township assessor, and Democrat Jenny Hayden was sworn in for her third full term as city clerk.

At Monday night's meeting, Democrat Peggy Crim was sworn in for her fourth term as city treasurer, and Jared Holbrook was seated as 3rd Ward alderman, replacing Moore on the council.

Also taking the oath Monday night were Aldermen Virgil Goehl, D-1, Dave Bauer, D-2, Tony Sassen, R-4, Mike Rein, R-5, and Dan Brink, R-6. Alderman Jack Holtschlag, D-7, was absent and will take the oath at a later date.