City Council gives manager retroactive 3% raise, orders new flags flown at Water Tower
This was the last meeting of the Council before the new mayor takes over next week. This was one of the most jam packed council meetings in while. Council approved a 3% pay raise for the city manager retroactive to July 1, 2006. While at the same meeting, Council talked about layoffs in the police department. One council member said the manager deserves a bonus.
Council approved refinancing water bonds to pay for more water mains. The police chief gave a presentation on police services.
Most interesting was the lease for College Place was tabled. The Mayor said she asked the clerk to pull out the minutes from two years ago and commented that no one spoke in favor of the transfer of College Place to EMU two years ago. Not too surprisingly, no one spoke in favor again.
Council also exempted parking tickets for contractors and trades working in residential parking permit areas. There was a page and half of new appointees to citizen boards and finally a new member was appointed to the Smartzone board, a position that had been open for almost two years with no action by the mayor. Then the council agreed with the mayor to put up two new flags at the Water Tower. A city flag and an EMU flag.
I don't think council remembers the city didn't pay for the installation of the flag poles, nor does the city pay for any maintenance, or the flags. The council ended the meeting by going into closed session.