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Special meeting set for Monday; pay raises on Tuesday agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

focus cityhallDeer Park City Council has a special meeting set for Monday evening and its regular workshop and meeting set for Tuesday. Monday’s meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday’s workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular agenda meeting at 7:30 p.m. All take place in council chambers at City Hall, 710 E. San Augustine.

The city’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget will be presented at a special meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Following its presentation, council will set public hearings for the proposed budget for Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Scheduling the public hearing is the only action council will take at this time regarding the budget.

On Tuesday, council has a busy agenda for its workshop and regular meeting.

The workshop will begin with a presentation regarding the completed renovations of the Spencerview Athletic Complex, formerly known as the Durant Fields. The project, completed with voter-approved Type B funds, started in July of last year and was completed earlier this month.

Council will also further discuss a possible zoning ordinance amendment which would allow Wal-Mart to use seasonal external shipping containers on its grounds. City staff an Wal-Mart representatives have worked together to find solutions that would meet the retail store’s needs for the using the containers during its busy holiday shopping season while staying within city regulations.

City Council will also discuss updates to the city’s administrative manual pertaining to education pay, specifically for bachelor’s and master’s degree holders who are sworn Deer Park police officers.

The city is proposing to implement this change to be effective on the second pay date of August. The remaining cost for this fiscal year will be used from police salaries from unfulfilled positions. This item will be on the evening’s regular agenda

Council will also discuss a pay scales that will reflect a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for full-time city employees.

Also on the workshop agenda is an item to adopt minimum prevailing wage rates for construction crafts and trades for public works construction performed under contract with the city. State law requires a worker on a contract for a public work awarded by the state or political subdivision of the state (i.e. county, municipality, county and municipality, or district) shall be paid: not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for work of a similar character in the locality in which the work is performed; and not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for legal holiday and overtime work.

The city last adopted the prevailing wage scale many years ago but this scale is significantly out of date. Council will take action on the ordinance during the regular meeting. This action is not related to the pay scales of city, CCPD or FCPEMSD employees.

During the regular meeting, council will also take action on an agreement with Deer Park ISD for facility usage. For the past four years, the City of Deer Park and the Deer Park Independent School District have entered into an interlocal agreement regarding the exchanged usage of each other’s facilities. The primary goal of this interlocal agreement is to reduce and/or eliminate most facility usage rental fees and payments between both entities.

Council will also take action on renewing its agreement with Deer Park ISD for the city to provide crossing guards and school resource officers. The city is reimbursed 70 percent of the costs for SROs from the school district, 90 percent fir crossing guards and 70 percent for vehicular costs.