Staff salaries, water conservation on tonight's Menlo Park City Council agenda


Staff salary ranges and water conservation are two of the issues the Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to vote on tonight (June 21).

The council will also likely vote to approve a budget for the next fiscal year, which could include big raises for some city employees, and at least 2 percent raises for most others.

The council may also decide whether to continue its water conservation policies that led it to be one of the top water-conserving cities in the state, or repeal some of the restrictions it placed on water users.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Menlo Park City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. Read the agenda or watch the meeting online.

City employee raises

Menlo Park employees represented by SEIU or AFSCME, two labor unions, will get a 2 percent raise, and some could get raises of substantially more, based on the results of a job classification study conducted by consultants Koff and Associates.

That study compared salaries and job titles for Menlo Park employees with other cities.

Among the city employees who have the most to gain:

● Public Works supervisors could have their salary ranges increased 12 to 15 percent. That includes City Arborist Christian Bonner, whose salary range could go up 12.4 percent.

● Accountants could get increases in their salary ranges of 9.6 percent and a management analyst's salary range could rise 9.4 percent.

Water conservation

The City Council is scheduled to vote to expand water conservation measures, despite loosening of restrictions statewide.

Some mandates from the state are recommended to persist throughout January 2017. Furthermore, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has formally requested that the Bay Area utilities it services reduce use by 10 percent.

Still, the council may consider repealing some water-conserving mandates. Repeal could allow residents to irrigate their land more than two days per week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and new pools could be filled with water from the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.

Parking garage

Work would continue on a parking garage by consultant group Carpenter/Robbins based on previous talks.

City budget

The Menlo Park City Council may vote to approve the city budget. Read about the council's last discussion about it here.

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