Tonight: Atherton police contract on agenda


Contracts for Atherton's city manager and the police department are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 21) in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

Atherton police officers would get raises totaling 11.5 percent over the next three years, but would have to pay part of the town's contributions into their retirement funds in exchange, under a proposed contact that has already been ratified by the Atherton Police Officers Association.

With the savings in pension contributions offset by the raises, the contract is expected to cost the town $250,925 over its three-year life.

The proposed contract would also limit to 320 the number of vacation hours officers can accrue.

Changes to City Manager George Rodericks' contract are also on the agenda. The addendum would give Mr. Rodericks the same percentage rate of increased pay as other non-police employees are expected to get, bringing him to a base salary of $209,725 a year, plus an annual $4,800 auto allowance and an annual $3,000 technology allowance.

The contract also calls for a midterm evaluation in January, after which Mr. Rodericks could receive a bonus of up to $15,000.

The council is also scheduled to discuss:

● A timetable for putting a business tax increase on the ballot in November 2017.

● Adding a bike lane on Oak Grove Avenue and removing a planned bike lane on Glenwood Avenue from the town's master plan for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

● An update on the design of the new civic center, including a discussion of whether the town should ask the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to move a large water pipe near where the new buildings are planned. Right now the SFPUC wants the town to pay part of cost, with Atherton's share estimated to be $400,000 to $500,000.

● Details on how the town will receive its electricity with the roll-out of Peninsula Clean Energy in October.

The agenda and staff reports can be found on the town's website.

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on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

Full disclosure - I am a fan of the new Atherton Police Department. There have been so many changes over the last 4-5 years attributed to the leadership of the Town that the organization and its officers are stellar.

It's important to remember that the last 3-year contract had $0 in salary increases so it's really 11.5% over 6 years not just 3. That cost of $250,000 divided up across the 6 years is $42,000 per year. Divide that across the 26 people covered it's an average raise of $1,615 per year. As the Town manager points out in the staff report that's about a 1.7% increase per year. That's less than the CPI. When you factor in that of that $250,000, $50,000 is to adjust the dispatcher salaries to bring them to average, the average raise decreases to about $1,282 per year or $107 a month more.

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