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COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 09
August 8, 2000
1999-2001 Budget Adjustment
Engineering: J. Stevenson
Elam, City Manager
of a Resolution amending the adopted 1999-2001 Budget to facilitate the
addition of one full-time construction inspector.
May 23, 2000 the City Council approved Resolution No. 2086 amending the
Annual Budget for 1999-2001.
Engineering budget was adopted assuming a full-time staff of four construction
inspectors, and any additional workload taken up by consultants or part-time/contract
employees. Staff put on one
contract inspector approximately two months ago and the workload has increased
so much that it is now anticipated that one to two additional people will
be needed. Rather than undergo
the expense of additional contract people, staff recommends adding one
full-time City Inspector. A
list has already been developed for qualified candidates.
The individual at the top of the list is Steve Quesada, a highly
respected City employee currently working in Public Works in the Water
Department replacing water meters and supervising the transition to radio-read
meters. This internal promotion
has been received and approved by the City Manager, the Personnel Department,
as well as the Public Works Department.
This transfer will promote from within, train existing staff to perform vital functions for the City and increase manpower to an overburdened inspection staff. We have well over 35 development projects at this time. If the City hired a Consultant for this work, the inspection division would still be required to supervise the work and administer the contract. We would pay a large sum of money to obtain a skilled contract inspector (in recent past, well over $100,000 for two roadway projects) and not always obtain the skill level desired. We would then lose the training and skills learned on the job and not have the “customer service” available during the project.
provide funding for this position, revenues in the department will be
increased by increasing tracking of costs associated with staff’s time
and charging appropriate plan checking developer deposit accounts and
inspection accounts for actual service provided.
My time alone will generate up to $100,000 annually.
Another substantial savings for the department will come by staff
preparing pavement management designs, plans and specifications for the
bidding process instead of hiring a consultant to perform this service.
We spent close to $100,000 each in design for the last two phases
of PMP and I feel that we could do a better job in-house. If we focus on downtown, Lone Tree Way, Second Street, Dainty
and other well used streets, we can accomplish more for less dollars.
budget adjustment necessary for this in-house promotion is $180,000, which
includes personnel costs as well as equipment and a vehicle.
This budget adjustment is reflective of the revenues collected
to perform the construction inspection work and will be supported by the
Fee Study currently underway in Finance.
OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING THE 1999-2001 BUDGET
FOR THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Brentwood has reviewed the financial condition of the City of Brentwood; and
WHEREAS, the volume of infrastructure construction has stretched the existing City Engineering inspection staff beyond its capacity; and
the Engineering department has submitted a request for an amendment to
the appropriations to fund the departmental programs to provide services
for the City of Brentwood; and
the City Manager, City Finance Director and Personnel Department
and approved this amendment; and
the City Council has reviewed this departmental request for the expenditure
of City funds.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood
hereby adopts this amendment to the 1999-2001 Budget for the City of Brentwood
to facilitate the addition of one full-time construction inspector for
a total cost of $180,000, which includes personnel costs, equipment and
APPROVED AND ADOPTED
by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held
on the 8th day of August 2000 by the following vote:
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