Commission Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the September 29, 2020 10 a.m. Commission Meeting

The special meeting of the Lady Lake Town Commission was held in the Commission Chambers at Lady Lake Town Hall, 409 Fennell Blvd., Lady Lake, Florida with Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Kussard presiding. The meeting convened at 10 a.m.

A. Call to Order

Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Kussard

B. Roll Call

Commissioner (Ward) Present
Hannan (Four) YES
Kussard (One) YES
Holden (Two) YES
Vincent (Three) NO
Richards (Five) YES (via teleconference)


Kris Kollgaard, Town Manager; Derek Schroth, Town Attorney; C.T. Eagle, Public Works Director; Mike Burske, Parks & Recreation Director; Pam Winegardner, Finance Director; Maureen Gochee, Human Resources Director; Dawn Woods, Accountant, Debbie Rodriguez, Accountant, Becky Hewitt, Accounting Specialist; and Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk

D. New Business

1. Consideration of Approval of the Eleventh Addendum to Town Manager Kristen Kollgaard’s Employment Contract (Derek Schroth)

Town Attorney Derek Schroth presented the background summary for this agenda item (on file in the Clerk’s Office). He recommended approval of this eleventh addendum to the Town Manager’s employment agreement which allows Ms. Kollgaard to retire as Interim Town Manager and Town Clerk effective October 5, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem Kussard asked if there were any questions or comments.

Commissioner Hannan stated he is favor of approving this eleventh addendum.

Commissioner Holden commented that he has differing opinions about this but feels it could look like the Town Manager is getting paid to get out of Town.

Mayor/Commissioner Richards stated that he has known Ms. Kollgaard as long as she has worked in the Town in various positions. He stated that this release will be better than litigation or bad press over differences with some Commissioners and he is in favor of approving this request as she is retiring after working over 25 years for the Town.

Mayor Pro Tem Kussard stated that Ms. Kollgaard started at the bottom and worked her way up to the Town Manager position and has held that for over eleven years. She stated she has done a wonderful job and she understands Ms.Kollgaard’s reasons for wanting to retire, although she feels sad about those reasons. She stated she is in favor of this addendum.

Commissioner Hannan made a motion to approve the Eleventh Addendum to Town Manager Kristen Kollgaard’s Employment Contract. Commissioner Holden seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 4 to 0.

Town Manager Kris Kollgaard thanked the Commissioners and stated she has enjoyed working for the Town for the past 26 and a half years.

Mr. Schroth noted that there will be an item for appointing an Interim Town Manager on the agenda for the next Commission meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Mayor/Commissioner Jim Richards stated it is a sad day and he thanked Kris for all she has done over the past years.

E. Adjourn

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:07 a.m.

s/ Nancy Slaton, Interim Town Clerk

s/ Ruth Kussard, Mayor Pro Tem

Minutes transcribed by Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk