Council to consider executive staff raises, conduct commissioner interviews

2013-12-16T17:40:00Z 2013-12-16T19:06:52Z Council to consider executive staff raises, conduct commissioner interviewsCHANTAL M. LOVELL Napa Valley Register
December 16, 2013 5:40 pm  • 

Before the city closes down between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the City Council will tie up a number of matters at its Tuesday meeting.

During the afternoon portion, the council may sign off on a raise for city executive staff. In the evening, the council will interview applicants seeking a seat on the Planning Commission.

The council’s consent calendar, which can be passed without debate if no one wishes to speak about a matter, includes a new contract between the city and its executive staff.

Following a similar agreement made with the Napa City Firefighters, the city plans to increase the salary of its executive staff by 5 percent over the next two years, marking the first pay raise in four years for the city manager and department heads.

The pending two-year contract also includes adjustments to the retirement contributions of the staff, City Manager Mike Parness said. If the new contract is approved, employees will be able to contribute toward their retirement with pre-tax dollars.

“We significantly increased employee contributions to PERS in the last contract,” Parness said.

In the previous contract, executives and other staff had their retirement contributions increased from 8 percent to 12.5 percent. Pubic safety employees increased their contributions from 9 percent to 14.5 percent.

The council may also agree to fund an engineering study to determine the feasibility of dredging the mouth of the River Park Marina on the Napa River. The council is also being asked to make development on the strip of land between the Borreo Building and the Napa River easier for the property’s future owner through an easement agreement.

The discussion portion of the afternoon meeting includes presentations on neighborhood-based policing, flood preparedness and an update on downtown businesses.

In the evening, the council could interview as many as five people vying for two seats on the city’s Planning Commission, which reviews development applications. Current commissioners Tom Trzesniewski and Arthur Roosa are seeking reappointment.

Trzesniewski, general manager of Bremer Winery, has been on the commission since 1998. In his application, he said he is most interested in the new development that comes before the commission.

Fellow incumbent Roosa, a software engineer, has been on the commission for the past seven years. In his application for reappointment, Roosa said he is most interested in long range planning and participating in comprehensive overviews of larger projects.

Derek Anderson, who works in real estate technology and has lived in Napa for one year, is applying to the commission. He said he would like to see increased utilization of The Shops at Napa Center.

Ryan Voss, a three-year Napa resident who is self-employed, said in his application that he would like to be on the commission to hear from individuals and groups that have a vision for Napa.

The third new applicant, attorney Jason Luros, who has lived in Napa six years, said he finds review of land and zoning uses to be the most interesting work of the commission.

The afternoon portion of the meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. and the evening interviews begin at 6:30, followed by an appointment vote. Both meetings will be held in council chambers at City Hall, 955 School St.

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(4) Comments

  1. StillInNapa
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    StillInNapa - December 16, 2013 9:46 pm
    Across the board all governmental employees are over compensated. Just ask Vallejo. Since the idea of a balanced budget, not to mention a surplus, is no longer the American way...go for it!
  2. Red Dirt Town
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    Red Dirt Town - December 17, 2013 7:14 am
    How much are they paying the Parks and Recreation Director? Come on, we can not afford this.
  3. publiusa
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    publiusa - December 17, 2013 12:47 pm
    Yup! Last month we learned that the city has a surplus...but the sidewalks are broken and the roads are back to gravel...so we give more money to people who are already overpaid. Napa City hall is all about employees and nothing about the community and the voters...just like the article the other day about closing city hall for 8 days at Christmas...its all about buttering up the employees while the community has to find a way to get its work with the city done before or after the city employee giveaway vacation.

    When the city employees donate so much to buy the elections of council members you soon see how the payback come to them.
  4. glenroy
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    glenroy - December 18, 2013 6:18 am
    Utterly and completely absurd…..the cost of government labor/benefits is ridiculously out of whack in Blue states….which is the liberal model….part and parcel to their class war….btw it’s crushing private sector unions…..who need complete overhauls.
    There are hundreds of city and county employees over $200,000.00 per year just in salary who wouldn’t make half that in the private sector their jingo goes like this….’if I were in the private sector I could make way more I make as a public servant’…but that fact is their skill level doesn’t cross over to a similar title in the private sector…the highest compensated public employee would be midlevel in a moderate size company accounting/budget… public sector management has no product to develop/build/sell, no inventory to manage, certainly no customers to please, couldn’t about government restrictions….all they do is spend without a thought about how to raise capital, market products, manage labor, pay benefits or deal with warranty issues.
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