June 8 city council meeting: routine matters

I haven’t prepared an extensive update for this evening’s city council meeting because the agenda items are routine matters: contract awards and policy clarifications. See for yourself: the agenda is online.

I’ll call out just two items:

– The council will vote to move ahead with installation of sponsored notice-board kiosks in city parks. This initiative was organized by Play Lady Pat Rumbaugh (thanks!), who recruited a business that will donate the kiosks at no cost to the city. The kiosks would have a small donor logo. You can see the draft resolution and a design sketch online.

– We are scheduled for the first of two required votes on a new classification and compensation plan for city staff. The plan is the outcome of policy discussions and union negotiations that took place over an extended period. The city contracted out for a compensation study in 2014; it found that “almost all salaries were below market levels and a number of positions were particularly low compared to similar positions in comparable municipalities.” The city plans to bring salaries back to competitive levels, phasing in increases over three years.


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