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Along a busy city street, a tribute to area farmers

Artist Paola Delfin of Mexico City continues to work on her mural located on the northeast wall of the Aramark Building at 310 W. Centerway in Janesville. Her monochromatic mural has a strong emphasis on farming and agriculture and should be finished in the next couple days. In an effort to understand more about the agricultural history in Rock County, Delfin interviewed and photographed several local farmers, including Shirley Templeton, Erin and Megan Daluge, Sandy Larson, Randy Hughes, and Doug Rebout. The mural is the last to be finished of those created for the 2022 Art Infusion event.

Artist Paola Delfin of Mexico City continues to works on her mural along West Centerway in Janesville. ‘I want to create a mural that relates to the people, a work that tells the story of the people who make Janesville so special,’ she said of her work, which features area farmers.

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Interim Janesville city manager chosen, to be revealed Monday

JANESVILLE—The Janesville City Council has chosen an interim city manager to replace outgoing City Manager Mark Freitag. The council will announce who that is, and confirm the appointment, in a vote on Monday.

City Council President Paul Benson told The Gazette on Wednesday that the the decision was made in a closed-door meeting. The council will vote, in open session, to confirm the choice at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

“We have selected our final person, and they have accepted,” Benson told The Gazette.

Benson declined to say whether the candidate is a current city of Janesville employee.

In a release on Wednesday, the council said keeping the person’s identity confidential until Monday affords them “the opportunity to speak with their family, friends, and work colleagues before the news becomes public.”

Benson said the interim city manager “will serve until we identify the next city manager.” He said he expects that hiring process “to take a few months.”

Freitag is scheduled to begin his new job in Westminster, Colorado, on Oct. 24. He has been Janesville’s city manager for nine years.

In a memo posted to its website in August, the city of Westminster wrote that Freitag emerged as a top candidate because of his years as city manager in Janesville. But the city touched more on his previous experience and accomplishments as a combat veteran and military base commander for the U.S. Army.

Westminster, a Denver suburb with a seven-person mayoral-manager-council form of government, has offered Freitag a base salary of $265,000. That’s a significant pay increase over his pay as Janesville’s city manager, which in 2020 was $172,000, according to municipal records.

The pay raise comes in addition to about $30,000 in pay for relocation from Janesville to Colorado, according to details of the contract on the city of Westminster’s website.