LOWELL | The Town Council will have a professional firm evaluate and make recommendations for employee job descriptions with the new firefighter position a top priority.
On Monday, the three councilmen present agreed to retain HR Unlimited Resources, of Greenwood, after a representative of that firm presented his ideas two weeks ago.
Councilman Craig Earley, D-1st, said he would agree to retain the consultant "as long as the firefighter is a priority and there's a cap on it."
Lowell Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters said she and Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook agreed the firm will be shown the job descriptions the town now has in place with a not to exceed $5,000 fee to start.
Walters said the town's first paid firefighter is in the budget, but the hiring process cannot begin until a job description is in place.
Council Vice President Donald Parker, D-3rd, suggested a temporary job description might be possible.
"We've talked about our requirements as a council. Maybe we need a work session," he said.
While there was no disagreement, no work session was set.
In other business, the circus will come to Freedom Park on August 29 courtesy of the Lowell Lions Club.
Jeff Greco, Lowell Lions President, told the council the Freedom Park Board agreed April 15 to be the host venue for the Kelly-Miller Circus.
He said the terms for fundraising are "fantastic."
Half the money raised from the two shows — one at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. — will go to the Lowell High School Academic Decathlon Team's trip to national competition in Honolulu. It is the second consecutive year the team has made it to the nationals, he said.
Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2nd, a member of the Freedom Park Committee and a Lowell Lion, is serving as the circus committee chairperson and liaison to the council.