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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Friday, November 24, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 6-2-1, with Sammy Casados and Cody Ray Wheeler opposed, and Phil Cayten abstaining, to approve, on first reading, cost of living and market adjustment salary increases for employees.

The increases included a 2 percent cost of living increase for all full time employees and part time employees whose standard work hours per pay period is 20 or greater, excluding seasonal lifeguards.

The item was amended to include an additional 1 percent market adjustment for all full and part time employees, excluding lifeguards, for a total increase of 3 percent.

Police officers were given a 3 percent market adjustment for a total increase of 5 percent for every classified police officer.

Cayten said he wanted to have the item deferred, not due to the increase, but because he had not received information he had requested from staff. Listen (10:10)

Wheeler stated that the city is running a more than $700,000 deficit in its budget.

“I've always supported employee's raises, and I think 3 percent raise across the board is a good thing,” Wheeler said, also noting he supported the police department.

However, he said employees should be treated equally, and also said that the raises were “unsustainable.”

“I think there could have been a different way to structure this,” Casados said of the raises, stating that opportunity could have been to provide larger increases to employees with lower pay.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices, with the exception of any payments involving Bass & Meineke, which Cary Bass abstained from voting on. The item was amended by unanimous vote to maintain the city council car allowance at $650 per month. Several council members noted their opposition to an increase in the car allowance, which they said occurred without their approval.

The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on several contracts underway in the city, including:

  • $8,624 to Brooks Concrete, Inc. for the 2017 Annual Sidewalk Project
  • $161,696 to Cruz Tec, Inc. for the Citywide Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Program, Phase II
  • $259,355 to GW Phillips Concrete Construction, Inc. for the Bearle Street Reconstruction Project
  • $257,465 to Peltier Brothers Construction, LTD for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Consolidation Project, Phase I
  • $171,864 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the Scarborough Waterline Replacement Project

The city council voted 8-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to approve, on final reading, the city health insurance summary plan descriptions for Plan B Choice Plus, Plan C Choice Plus, Plan B Charter, Plan C Charter, Plan B Nexus ACO OA and Plan C Nexus ACO OA. The item was amended to substitute documents concerning the plan descriptions.

The city council voted 8-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve, on final reading, an agreement with Brooks & Sparks, Inc., in the amount of $262,100, for design services related to the Lafferty Road Paving, Drainage and Utilities Improvement Project, Phase I.

Harrison said he opposed the item due to the amount of contracts Brooks & Sparks had received from the city, and that he was not opposed to the project itself.

The city council voted 4-5, with Felipe Villarreal, Bruce Leamon, Thomas Schoenbein, Casados and Wheeler opposed, to deny the final reading of an ordinance to renew a contract with Avaya for the maintenance of the city's Avaya phone system and Audix answering system.

Several council members opposing the item stated they believed the city's in-house Information Technology Department could provide the work and reduce costs.

The city council voted 7-2, with Wheeler and Casados opposed, to appoint Steve Phelps to the Pasadena Second Century Corporation Board of Directors.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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