Genoa Town staff quits
Genoa’s two town staffers have announced they’re quitting, prompting town officials to schedule a special meeting Friday morning.
Town Secretary Ann Evans confirmed Monday that she will resign effective July 2, and she said her assistant, Sheri Walters, will leave the following day.
Evans, who has worked for Genoa for five years, declined to comment on her decision except to say she plans to take time off.
Town Board Chairwoman Kara Hayes said the board received resignation letters from both, but declined to release them based on the advice of Douglas County District Attorney Scott Doyle. Hayes and Walters are county employees.
Hayes said Friday’s meeting will focus on replacing the workers. It will be held at 9 a.m. at the town meeting room.
While town leaders will have to decide how to staff the office immediately, they also need to discuss the impact of Evans’ departure on the Candy Dance. The event, which features homemade candy, food, arts and crafts, is held every September and serves as the town’s primary fund-raiser.
– “Snipes and gripes.” Genoa resident Bev Smith headed the candy-making committee in recent years but resigned in March, citing frustration with “snipes and gripes” and a “demoralizing atmosphere” from critics who disagreed with the types of candy produced. Evans was then appointed to take her place.
But Evans said organizers will have to find someone else to do that job and several others related to the Candy Dance now that she’s leaving.
In a June 16 memo to the town board, she said she’s worried she’s been assigned too much responsibility and not enough help, and planning for the event isn’t as advanced as it should be.
“At this point I have very little help and a lot of condemnation,” Evans wrote. “I feel I am being set up for disaster. With what supervisory people and volunteers I have at this time, I will not be able to make Candy Dance of 1999 a success.”
In June 1998, she wrote, 90 percent of the Candy Dance planning was done, but none of the county permits, sanitation, labor and other logistical issues that need to be settled for this year’s event have yet been addressed.
Candy Dance spokeswoman Nancy Miluck said she’s not sure what will happen. Organizers have already decided to limit the varieties of candy sold, going from the 26 offered in 1998 to less than a dozen in 1999, and they’re trying to recruit volunteers to get the job done.
“We’re going to have to reorganize,” said Miluck. “That’s what they’re going to have to talk about. It’s going to make a problem for a while, but I’m sure it will come together one way or another.”
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