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REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

November 23, 1999                                                                                       ________5_________

DATE                                                                     ITEM NUMBER

ORIGINATING                                                                                          CITY MANAGER’S

DEPARTMENT                                AGENDA ITEM                                        REVIEW       

City Manager                        City Council Sub-Committee Recommendation

                        Regarding City Pay Philosophy

PREVIOUS ACTIONS:

L. B. Hayhurst & Associates prepared a Compensation Study Report that suggests the City needs to establish a pay philosophy in setting salaries to the market.  Based on the significant growth facing the City, the Consultant recommends that consideration be given to phasing in additional increases to place the City at no less than 10% to 15% above the market (existing salaries).  It is suggested that if this does not occur, the City may find itself losing employees at a time of extreme growth.

Staff has met and conferred in good faith with the bargaining units regarding the concept of establishing a pay philosophy.

The Consultant’s first recommendation consisting of benchmark salary adjustments was approved by the City Council at its regular meeting of November 9, 1999. 

RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION:

Approve salary adjustments in line with the Consultant’s Study and recommendation of the Personnel Sub-Committee at the 5% level above the existing salary benchmarks effective December 1, 1999.

COMMENTS:

The City Council’s Personnel Sub-Committee met on Monday, November 8, 1999 to discuss establishing a pay philosophy, as recommended by the Consultant, and to review the fiscal impact of such an adjustment.

After discussion with staff regarding the fiscal impacts of establishing such a pay philosophy, the Personnel Sub-Committee agreed to bring forth the recommendation to the City Council to establish a pay philosophy at 10% above the market to recognize the growth of the City and its impacts to staff’s workload. 

The Personnel Sub-Committee proposes to phase in the pay philosophy.  This action, the first phase, includes an adjustment to the City’s Pay Plan of 5% effective December 1, 1999.  The second phase, will take place during Fiscal Year 2000/01.  The Sub-Committee proposed that the second adjustment could be in the form of one of the following:    one 5% lump sum payment based on annual salary, two 2.5% lump sum payments based on annual salary, or a 5% adjustment to the City’s Pay Plan.  The second adjustment, including effective dates and whether the adjustment will be applied to the City’s Pay Plan or lump sum payment, is subject to additional review by the Personnel Sub-Committee and additional meet and confer with the bargaining units, thus will be brought back to the City Council next year.

Total compensation costs (salary and benefits) to implement this initial 5% recommendation totals $257,762 of which, by separate fund, includes:  General Fund $113,683 - Parks & Recreation $6,448 - CIP $21,334 - Youth & Family Services $1,177 - Solid Waste $16,539 - Water $16,815 - Sewer $11,218 - Engineering $23,258 - Community Development $34,804 - Information Systems $5,138 - City-wide Park Maintenance - $7,348.  This adjustment will be incorporated into the Council’s mid-year Budget Amendment.

RESOLUTION NO. 99-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ADOPTING PAY PHILOSOPHY AS RECOMMENDED BY L. B. HAYHURST & ASSOCIATES, COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION STUDY

WHEREAS,   the City Council adopted recommended benchmark salary adjustments as the first phase of implementation of the Compensation Study prepared by L. B. Hayhurst & Associates at its regular meeting of November 9, 1999; and

WHEREAS,   included in the Compensation Study, Consultant suggests that the City needs to establish a pay philosophy at no less than 10% to 15% above the market to retain employees at this time of extreme growth; and

WHEREAS,   the Personnel Sub-Committee reviewed the recommendation and met with staff to review the fiscal impact of such an adjustment; and

WHEREAS,   the Personnel Sub-Committee supports implementation of a pay philosophy at 10% above market phased in over two years.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby adopts the recommended pay philosophy adjustments as described in the attached Request for Council Action Form.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at its regular meeting of November 23, 1999, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

                                                                            Approved:                                                                                                               

Attest:                                                                  Quintin L. Kidd, Mayor                                                      

Karen Diaz, City Clerk

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