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Salary commission recommends pay increases for mayor, council

 


Arlington’s Citizens Salary Review Commission filed its compensation decision with the Arlington City Clerk in April, including changes to mayor and council salaries and per diem reimbursements on June 1, 2017, Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019. As of June 1, the mayor’s salary shall be increased to $2,250 per month and City Council member compensation for up to four meetings per month will increase to $200. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the number of meetings will be increased to 25 per month for the mayor and 10 per month for council members.

The commission, which was formed in January 2015, strives to provide reimbursement that will attract the highest quality of candidates, according to council documents. By code, the decision of the Citizens’ Salary Review Commission is final and binding and so there is no input from council.

• City staff has proposed hiring CivicPlus to redesign the city’s 8-year-old website, after discussion at the 2016 council retreat. Since the current vendor, Vision Internet, could not provide a redesign within the budget set, staff selected Civic Plus, a large government website vendor that does not require a competitive bid.

• Council is being asked to authorize the filing of a “quiet title” lawsuit in conjunction with the proposed Arlington Valley Road. A “quiet title” lawsuit is used when the ownership of real estate is unclear and it is necessary to have a court declare the rights and interests in a property. Two sections of Arlington Valley Road, that have been used and maintained by the city for many years, have significant ownership questions. A title search identified the owners of one section of the road as Arlington Valley Land Co., that previously went into bankruptcy and is now defunct. Another group of owners are trustees of profit sharing plan entities with whom Public Works and the city attorney are working with to obtain deeds. A vote is projected for the June 5 council meeting to authorize the city attorney to file a quiet title action or other litigation necessary to secure the right of way.

• At this Monday’s workshop meeting, council was scheduled to review a bid and accept an FAA grant for lighting and signing on Taxiway Charlie on the west side of the airport, for increased safety during nighttime and low visibility conditions. Colvico Inc. provided the lowest bid at $520,310. Approval of the bid is pending grant offers from both FAA and WSDOT, which are expected in June and July. The project includes a construction management contract with WHPacific for up to $122,462.

 

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