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CLINTON - The City Council has offered a new employment arrangement to its economic development director that could reduce his salary and put him in a full-time city position.

On Feb. 6, the council announced it intended to end its agreement with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce to divide Economic Director Steve Vandiver's time between the chamber and city. Vandiver also serves as executive director of the chamber.

As part of the arrangement, the chamber reimbursed the city $20,000 of Vandiver's $65,000 annual salary.

Chamber President Lance Schmid asked for a meeting with the city to clarify the issues surrounding the decision.

At Monday's council session, Mayor Roger Cyrulik said Vandiver has been offered a full-time position with the city focusing on economic development.

The position would reduce Vandiver's annual salary to about $52,000.

A large crowd listened to the discussion.

On Wednesday, Vandiver said he had not made a decision on the city's offer.

Schmid told the council he would bring the new arrangement to the chamber board for consideration.

Council members agreed in a closed session earlier this month that the city economic development post should be a full-time position.

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