The Brownfield City Council met in regular session on Thursday night with a full agenda. Katherine Ray of Ray Associates, Inc. gave an overview and discussed the matrix to be used for the Salary and Compensation Study as budgeted in 2019-2020 fiscal year budget. She went over the many different components of the study and talked about how things would be measured and what criteria would be used.
“Reaching every employee in the City of Brownfield is absolutely critical in making this work. We have to know what each job does.” Job questionnaires will be given to all employees. Two levels of supervisors will review before it goes to Ray to be entered into the study. Meetings with employees were scheduled for February 20 and 21.
Ray Associates will compare Brownfield’s data with other comparable towns and see where the City falls in pay scale and compensation packages, etc. Calculations will be done to compute the cost of each employee and department city-wide. Ray presented the comparable cities list to the Council which will include 12 cities for comparison basis. The council had the choice of where they wanted to compete as far as pay scale and the council elected to go with the median market for the time being.
Councilman Michelle Cooper stated, “I am excited about the amount of information we will get from this study and the good it will do the City.” The timeline for the study indicates it should be completed by late June.
The Council also reviewed the Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool report on claims, recoveries and deductible history. There has been an increase in the auto claims in the last few years. City Manager Jeff Davis stated, “We are initiating mandatory Defensive Driving for any driver of a City vehicle involved in an accident. We are trying to work on this.”
The Council then went into three separate Executive Session:
Executive Session for deliberations regarding the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property
Executive Session for certain public power utilities: Competitive Matters. A. Power purchase agreement renewal
Executive Session – Personnel matters to deliberate the duties of a public officer or employee: City Manager.
All three of these Executive Sessions were at the request of the City Manager.
The Council reconvened with no action taken on any matter.
Prior to the adjournment of the meeting, Councilman Eric Horton requested that an item be placed on the next agenda to address changing Council meeting time back to the 7:30 a.m. time.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.