City Coun­cil con­sid­ers salary in­creases

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Luz Moreno-Lozano

While a quo­rum al­lowed the West Lake Hills City Coun­cil to hold a reg­u­lar meet­ing Sept. 12, the lack of a full coun­cil re­sulted in no ac­tion on some agenda items.

West Lake Hills will adopt its 201819 fis­cal year bud­get this month that could in­clude pos­si­ble salary in­creases for staff.

But City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Robert Wood said the coun­cil will wait un­til all mem­bers are pre­sent be­fore adopt­ing fi­nal salary in­creases and a bud­get.

In the Sept. 12 meet­ing, the City Coun­cil in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion dis­cussed staff salary in­creases of in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees. Last year, the city ap­proved salary in­creases for each in­di­vid­ual em­ployee based on per­for­mance re­views.

The coun­cil will have to de­cide whether to give salary in­creases on a per­cent­age-based sys­tem or a merit-based sys­tem.

The cur­rent bud­get al­lo­cated $1.8 mil­lion for staff salaries, which in­cludes city ad­min­is­tra­tion, mu­nic­i­pal court em­ploy­ees, Po­lice Depart­ment ad­min­is­tra­tors and Build­ing Depart­ment em­ploy­ees.

Drainage project

The Reveille Road and Rocky River drainage project of­fi­cially started Sept. 4, Wood said.

Im­prove­ments at Reveille and Rocky River were iden­ti­fied in the city’s drainage mas­ter plan’s top 15 pri­or­ity list, which was adopted by the City Coun­cil in May 2017.

Af­ter a bid re­view process, the City Coun­cil on June 27 awarded a nearly $209,000 con­tract to Austin Con­struc­tors LLC for the project. The work con­sists of in­stalling ap­prox­i­mately 640 lin­ear feet of storm sewer and grad­ing at Reveille Pond, in­clud­ing any as­so­ci­ated work.

“Given the rain over the past week and a half, most of the work that has been done in­cludes sur­vey­ing and mark­ing the lo­ca­tions for pipes and ditches,” Wood said. “No ac­tual con­struc­tion has been done. Hope­fully, the weather will co­op­er­ate, and the con­trac­tor can get in and start mak­ing the drainage im­prove­ments.”

Wood said the con­tract gives crews about 60 days to com­plete the project, though if weather co­op­er­ates and work goes smoothly, it could be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber.

In other ac­tion, the coun­cil changed two of its reg­u­lar meet­ing days. The meet­ing nor­mally sched­uled for Sept. 26 will move to 7 p.m. Mon­day, and the reg­u­lar meet­ing set for Oct. 10 will move to Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Con­tact Luz Moreno-Lozano at 512-4453809. Twit­ter: @LuzMorenoLozano

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