"Council was to consider interim city manager hiring Wednesday " by: Mike Reddell

   City council met in special meetings last week with two finalists for the interim city manager job.
   At council’s regular meeting that was switched to Wednesday instead of Thursday this week, Mayor Robert Nelson has an agenda item for interim city manager job.
   I shy away from saying they’ll hire someone, although that’s what I presume, because the agenda item calls for “discuss, consider and/or approve” whomever for the position.
   If that works out, next up is the process of hiring a permanent city manager.
   I was told the two finalists for the interim job would be considered, but there’s many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip, as they say.
   As I’ve grown older, I’m fond of that saying that describes how things that seem certain can go awry.
   Back to the city manager, we’re first bringing in a consulting outfit to explain the process.
   I get that since this is new to most everyone. 
   When I was a young reporter Kerrville replaced its city manager, not quite the same thing as starting from scratch as the city is doing here.
   Perhaps the most prevalent question about this new city administrative post that voters approved May 4 is when that person is coming aboard.
   Many people are surprised it has taken so long, particularly since we haven’t chosen the interim city manager yet.
   Again, we’re all unfamiliar with the process.
   Jessica’s column elsewhere on this page alludes to the family trip to the Houston Zoo for my birthday.
   The decision to visit the zoo and its temperatures and humidity counts similar to the Congo was made by others, but it had been a while since I visited a zoo.
   That said, I’m one of those strange types who likes to read what the signs say about the animals – or the exhibits in a museum.
   I learned, for example, that the Meer Kat from South Africa – a member of the mongoose family – likes lemurs for a meal.
   Interesting, right? I looked around to share that exciting information with my touring group only to look several (hundred) feet down the path at their sort-of patient looks.
   I guess I was grateful the Meer Kat and standing around looking people over, while a lot of zoon denizens were napping in the heat.
   There was the colorful ocelot – native to the Southwest United States – moving around quite anxiously. I blame it on the heat, but he’s got to be acclimated to that.
   I have to admit, the zoo’s dinosaur exhibit was well done with animatronics and well-researched armor plating – feathers in the case of the Utah-raptor.
   After the first Jurassic Park movie made them famous, people started learning the raptor had feathers.
   As I began to explain, everyone else had moved on. 
   Hey, it was fun for me – heat notwithstanding. 
   Did you know, for example, that lions, tigers and bears don’t come out much when it’s a hot day at the zoo?
   See? Something else I learned. 

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