Even though the agenda was long with 21 items listed, the meeting was over in less than 45 minutes on Thursday night. The Council looked at Request for Proposal responses for the 2019-2020 Comprehensive Compensation and Salary Study. Ray Associates was chosen based on the quality and the depth of their work. It was the more expensive of the two proposals, but their proposal did cover all the areas the Council was hoping to have covered. City Attorney Matt Wade stated, “This was not a bid so the Council is free to choose the best value, and not necessarily the lowest cost. The additional value in this proposal could be the best value for this study based on the depth of its analysis and the fact that the information provided is more in line with what the Council wants.”
The Council also approved several ordinances that were due to be updated to keep up with various codes, such as Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Building Code, etc. These are usually updated every two years. One matter brought up was the fact that Brownfield ISD is in the process of building a new school building. City Manager Jeff Davis stated, “The plans were drawn up under the old code and I don’t feel it would be right to make them change things right in the middle. We might need to do a variance of some sort to keep the construction under the old code.” Attorney Wade agreed, “At the next Council meeting an item can be placed on the agenda giving the school district a variance, in order for them to complete their plans as originally drawn.” No action could be taken on this variance, as it was not on the agenda, but the Council did verbally agree that the variance could be on the next agenda.
The Council approved an agreement with Parkhill, Smith and Cooper for the 2019 seal coating project for the City. This is an annual agreement. The City gets a somewhat better rate when entering into this agreement with a group of cities. Davis stated that this year’s seal coating would likely be used to work on the streets surrounding the site of the new high school.
Named to the West Texas Municipal Power Agency Board of Directors were City Manager Jeff Davis and Electrical Supervisor Cat Gonzales. Named to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Advisory Board of Directors was Mayor Gerry Gonzales and Mayor Pro Tem Judy Besler.
The Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.