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Arlington reviews staff salary schedule

 


At the Arlington City Council meeting Dec. 5, Victoria McGrath, of McGrath Human Resources Group, reported findings from a study of the city’s salary schedules. She started with an overview of methodology and a description of how a market-based salary system works.

In her conclusions of the “classification and compensation” study, McGrath recommended changes to the city’s “very complex” system.

The report was to be discussed at this week’s Dec. 12 workshop meeting.

McGrath was selected in April from two proposals in response to a request for proposals from consulting firms. Her team has been interviewing staff and documents since then, and she recommended simplifying the salary schedule.

The city’s last comprehensive study on compensation plans was completed in the early 2000s.

Also this week, council was to discuss the city administrator contract.

An appointee of the mayor, Paul Ellis has been in the position since Jan. 1, 2015, and his contract is due to expire at the end of the year.

Fee schedule, budget amendments

Staff has prepared an update to the city’s fee schedule, including all the fees involved in development processes, as well as fire and recreation fees. The fees included in the schedule address items not included in the Arlington Municipal Code.

This week, the city’s finance director, Kristin Garcia, presented a long list of budget amendments. Council has approved the expenditures through the year and now a total of $2,781,789 in budget amendments must be formally approved for the conclusion of the 2016 budget.

Garcia said that 44 percent of the amendments were inter-fund transfers to reserve funds or for cash-flow purposes pending grant reimbursement and that 19 percent of the amendments are for loan payments, most to the EMS Fund. Five percent is for expenditures offset by grant awards and the remaining 32 percent is due to unexpected expenditure activity.

“The majority of (the unexpected expenditures) are offset by an increase in revenues or paid for by previously accumulated capital reserve funds,” Garcia said in documents.

The proposed budget amendments represent 5.5 percent of the city’s total budget with 1.7 percent unexpected expenditures, she said.

Grants

New grants were presented for discussion this week:

n$28,430 from the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation for the purchase of two glidescopes for the city’s medic units. A glidescope is a video laryngoscope used to assist in intubation of patients.

n$38,000 from Hope Unlimited to help pay wages for a part-paid firefighter to attend a 10-month paramedic school. Hope Unlimited is the chaplaincy program known as Support 46, which accepted a Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation grant to assist in the costs.

nA $6,685 grant from Stillaguamish Tribe Community Contribution Grant will be used to purchase a “Scout Video Collection Unit” manufactured by Miovision. The Public Works equipment will help the city study traffic and determine if and where corrections are necessary.

Lodging Tax Distributions tabled

On Nov. 28 council received recommendations from the lodging tax advisory committee (LTAC) for 2017 distributions of lodging tax grants.

On Dec. 5, council tabled the item for further discussion.

As defined by state law, if council proposes changes in recommendations from the LTAC, it must submit a proposal and the LTAC has 45 days to review and bring a response to the council. Then a public hearing will be required and council will take final action after expiration of the 45-day period.

Of the 17 applications for a total of $185,335 , the amount budgeted for distribution was $160,000. The LTAC recommended distributing $146,158 with eight applications being fully funded, five partially funded, and three not funded. One application was not eligible because it was not a nonprofit organization or public facility.

 

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