Oceanside rehires William Marquis, talks holiday event schedules

OCEANSIDE — William Marquis, city senior property agent, will be retiring from over 30 years of city service on Dec. 19 and beginning a part-time position with the city Jan. 7, 2014. 

The unusual short gap between his retirement and part-time employment is due to his knowledge of significant city projects including the San Luis Rey Flood Control Project and mapping and securing transactional documentation of city owned properties. Both projects are still in process.

Without much discussion City Council unanimously approved Marquis’ immediate rehiring to a part-time position Dec. 4. Councilwoman Esther Sanchez was absent.

Marquis role will be as a consultant assistant in the Property Management Division.

He will work approximately 12 hours a week at his current hourly rate of $41.08.

His hours for 2014 will be capped at 624 and his annual pay will not exceed $26,000.

The part-time position will allow Marquis to see through the completion of the flood control project and mapping of city properties.

It also provides opportunities for him to train the new senior property agent the city is seeking to hire following his retirement. The search has begun, but the position has not yet been filled.

Marquis will concurrently receive hourly pay for the part-time position and earned pension and benefits for his 30 plus years of service.

In addition to approving the rehiring of Marquis, City Council also acknowledged upcoming holiday events.

The seventh annual holiday tree lighting at the Sunset Market will follow the tradition of Santa Claus, the mayor and dignitaries arriving by fire engine to light the tree at the Regal Cinema Complex Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Horse and carriage rides, train rides and entertainment will be part of the holiday fun.

The MainStreet Oceanside Sunset Market will be open every Thursday in December from 5 to 9 p.m.

The daytime Farmers Market will also be open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both outdoor markets feature organic fruits and vegetables, flowers, hot food and a variety of goods and services.

The Oceanside Yacht Club annual Parade of Lights will treat viewers to a fleet of decorated boats that taxi around Oceanside Harbor Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will hold the annual Holiday Home Tour.

The self guided tour of five extremely decorated homes and two special stops at the California Surf Museum and the Succulent Garden Cafe is the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library’s major annual fundraiser. Homes range from beach modern to historic villas.

Tickets are available at the Civic Center and Mission Branch Libraries. Funds raised support children and adult library programs and purchasing new books and materials.

A gift boutique at the Civic Center Library the same day will also raise funds for the library.

The boutique will feature gifts, a silent auction, food and entertainment.

The Holiday Home Tour and boutique take place Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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