Almanac

News - November 17, 2010

Employee contracts on Atherton council agenda

Contracts with two groups of town employees are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Both two-year contracts allow for no pay increases for the first year, and a small increase in the next.

Rather than the council chambers, the meeting will be held in the Jennings Pavilion in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park at 150 Watkins Ave.

The council must vote on the proposed contracts, which cover the fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11. Because the second year began in July, the pay increases would be retroactive to that month.

For both groups, the pay increase will reflect an amount that will place them at the 70th percentile pay range for comparable positions in other towns. That means an average 2.4 percent increase for non-management, non-police, and miscellaneous employees. The estimated cost of the increase is $52,000 for this fiscal year.

Management staff would average a 5.4 percent increase, at an estimated cost of $72,000 this year, a sum based on all positions being filled. (The town's assistant city manager and building official positions are now vacant.)

The management contract also requires those employees to pay 3 percent of their medical coverage; the town currently pays 100 percent of that cost.

The council will also vote on a new water-efficient landscaping ordinance, and an ordinance that would change building rules on Parker Avenue. The appointment of a new interim manager is listed as a tentative agenda item.

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