City Manager Bill Moss has earned positive performance reviews since he began working with the city of Naples in 2007.
That streak ended this week when Councilwoman Teresa Heitmann gave a scathing opinion of his work this year, saying Moss is lacking in leadership ability, ethics and transparency. She spent more than 12 minutes at the end of Monday's council workshop outlining her concerns about Moss, reading from prepared notes.
In a written submission, Councilman Doug Finlay also said his relationship with Moss "has deteriorated over time" due to a fundamental difference in the way the two view the role of a city council member. Finlay said he still believed he and Moss could work together professionally.
Theirs were the only critical reviews from the seven council members.
At today's council meeting, Mayor John Sorey said he will recommend a 2-percent raise for Moss, keeping in line with what city employees received this year.
"I feel he's done an outstanding job," Sorey said.
Heitmann disagreed, saying Moss:
Failed to ensure a fair and thorough investigation of the city's police department was conducted after complaints of sexual misconduct were made against employees last year.
Failed to resolve city infrastructure problems to meet state codes dictating how much water must be available to fight fires.
Too often relies on expensive consultants where work by city staff could suffice.
Has overseen inconsistencies in disseminating information to the public and council.
Has failed to resolve the ongoing issue of boat speed zones in Naples Bay.
"This saddens me and disturbs me and has created a lack of trust," Heitmann said, marking a stark change in her opinion from previous years.
In 2010 and 2011, Heitmann gave Moss positive reviews, praising him for his financial decisions during the economic downturn. She said then she looked forward to continuing to work with him.
Reviews submitted to city staff by the other council members were generally positive, but also included ways Moss could improve. Moss, who is reviewed by council each year, earns a base salary of $185,850.
Reef grant vote expected
Council is expected to vote today to accept $313,650 in grant money from BP Exploration & Production to place 10 artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the city's coast.
Collier County will install 36 reefs off the coast in an effort to draw divers, boost tourism and create local jobs. The city will not spend money on the reefs, but will dedicate staff time to see they are installed.
Each reef costs between $65,000 and $85,000 and is the size of a football field.
Council to decide on RaceTrac gas station
Council is expected to decide today whether to allow a new RaceTrac gas station to be built on Airport-Pulling Road at the southwest corner of North Horseshoe Drive.
Petitioners for the gas station faced difficulty with their proposal this year, having to reappear before city advisory boards to tweak their corporate design, which features bright red and yellow signs, several gas pumps and a large canopy.
They're asking for seven variations to city ordinances dictating landscaping, design and signage.
Police boat purchase on tap
A $128,946 police boat could replace the aging vessel now used by city police to patrol waterways.
The current boat is a 2004 model with a deck and seats in disrepair. Council is expected to decide today whether to award a contract with Edgewater Power Boats, LLC, one of 15 companies that submitted offers.
The city set aside $135,000 for a new boat in its 2012-2013 budget.