August 17, 2021, City Council Special Session Budget Discussion

August 17, 2021, City Council Special Session Budget Discussion 

August 18, 2021 – 

 

               Council Business

  1. Mayor presentation for the City Manager and City Attorney Contracts

Mayor Ed Gaw started his presentation with City Attorney Jim Arnold. He said that after talking to Mr. Arnold last week he came to the conclusion that he is not being compensated enough for his part time work with the City, especially working for the City for the past 44 years. He recommended to raise the City Attorney’s pay to $75,000 annually with an annual 5 percent increase in his next four-year contract. Rest of the Council voiced concerns on such a significant increase, but agreed to the Mayor’s recommendation as the City Attorney’s wages have not increased since 2008. 

Vice Mayor Matt Johnson motioned to increase the City Attorney’s salary to $75,000 annually with a 5 percent annual increase for the next four years. Council Member Connie Butler seconds the motion. 

City Council passes motion 4-0, with Council Member Van Royal recusing himself due to being a business partner with City Attorney Arnold’s wife. 

 

Mayor Gaw gave his presentation of his review of City Manager Steve Kennedy’s contract, which will expire October 1, 2021. He recommends a five-year contract with a 25 percent base salary increase and an annual 5 percent increase through the duration of the contract. Rest of the Council voiced their concerns about the amount of the increase, especially in comparison with the wages of non-administrative City staff. Council Member Van Royal also pointed out that the Council hired City Manager Kennedy in 2018 at a much higher pay than previous City Managers. 

Council Member Van Royal motions for a five-year contract for City Manager Kennedy with a 12 percent base salary increase and a 4 percent annual increase based on performance review. Council Member Connie Butler seconds the motion. 

City Council passes motion 5-0. 

 

 

  1. Follow up session and discussion of changes to the FY 2022 Proposed Budget after the August 3rd and August 5th, 2021 Budget Hearings.

Proposed budget changes include removing Police Department’s request of three new red light cameras for FY 2022, removing concession stand at City Pool from the Capital Improvement Projects for FY 2022, adding one new Park employee and two new Police Officer positions for FY 2022. City Manager Kennedy also mentioned that City will be receiving money for much-needed projects in FY 2022 through the America Rescue Plan. 

Vice Mayor Matt Johnson motions to accept proposed changes to FY 21/22 budget with consideration of adjustments from America Rescue Plan funding and increases to City Attorney and City Manager salaries. Council Member Connie Butler seconds the motion. 

City Council passes motion 5-0. 

 

  1. City Manager and City Attorney reports/correspondence

 

 

  1. City Council reports/correspondence
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