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Variety of items on council agenda

 


Two items discussed at last week’s workshop meeting were scheduled for approval on this week’s consent agenda. Several vehicles and other equipment that are determined to be “beyond their useful life,” and will be surplussed and auctioned off: a 2004 Ford Focus wagon, a 2002 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, a 1984 Chevrolet flat bed truck, 1992 Ford L9000 dump truck and a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria and a 1993 Vermeer Chipper, a 1994 Athey Mobil Sweeper and a large format printer.

Also on this week’s consent agenda, a professional services agreement with Katy Isaksen & Associates for utilities-based financial analysis and technical services, as proposed by Public Works Director Jim Kelly, would extend through 2019.

Council is also scheduled to approve this week a process for determining if the mayor or city council members are eligible to be paid for regional meetings. The Citizens Salary Commission identified 11 meetings eligible to be reimbursed at the regional payment amount, but city code allows for reimbursement for other meetings given a certain set of criteria, according to Heather Logan, assistant administrator, in council documents. The proposed process outlines how to seek approval for reimbursement for regional meetings that are not on the list.

Council is expected to vote this Monday on a $170,000 expenditure on new financial management software, including $20,000 for hardware and nearly $10,000 contingency for training and data conversion.

The city has been using its current financial system (BIAS) since 2010 and it no longer meets the city’s needs, said Financial Director Kristin Garcia in documents. The project will be funded out of the technology equipment replacement fund. The software company, Caselle offered a three-year payment plan at no additional cost.

Council was also expected to vote on policies guiding the use of a Social Services Fund. City officials have determined it would be an appropriate use of public funds to provide for immediate basic needs to individuals seeking treatment of their opiate addictions. The funds can be used for transportation to a rehabilitation facility, a hotel stay for the individual awaiting housing, detox or other services and meal or groceries, cleaning clothes at a laundromat and personal hygiene such as a haircut and/or shower. The funds could also be used for incidentals while in transition to treatment such as shoes, clothes, bedding and toiletries.

A proposal to accept the dedication of property on Smokey Point Drive as a city park was discussed last week, with more meetings planned with the business association.

Council was scheduled to acknowledge General Aviation Appreciation Month and the retirement of deputy fire chief Tom Cooper.

 

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