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City’s top two earners’ salaries no longer tied to rest of management group

Council also votes to remove dog park from plan
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville’s city manager and city attorney will no longer automatically get a raise each time other managers do.

The top two earners are no longer tied in with the rest of the management group, which means whenever this group receives a salary adjustment, the Roseville City Council will have the ability to consider extending or denying the raise to the city manager and city attorney.

The council unanimously approved this change during Wednesday’s meeting. Vice Mayor Susan Rohan was absent.

“If there is an increase of salary for any reason of the management group then it’s triggered … we have to evaluate the city manager (and attorney),” Councilman Tim Herman said.

City Manager Ray Kerridge currently earns an annual base salary of $251,433 and City Attorney Brita Bayless makes $250,160.

Those salaries reflect a 3 percent raise both received when the council voted 4 to 1 in July to honor a promised pay bump for managers and labor groups, which had conceded to pay reductions in recent years.

Kerridge was hired in May 2010 at a salary of $237,300.

During the employment review process conducted by the council this fall, they expressed an interest in reviewing the city manager and attorney contracts and amending where necessary. Rohan and Herman were assigned to a subcommittee to review the contracts and recommend changes.

The revisions also include extending the term of each contract, which means Kerridge’s contract now runs through June 30, 2017 and Bayless’s contract ends Dec. 31, 2015. The council also approved reducing the termination payment for the city manager from nine month’s to six month’s salary. The city attorney contact currently has a six-month termination clause.

Council removes dog park from plan

The council unanimously approved the master plan for a West Roseville Specific Plan school/park site, known as W-53, after removing a quarter-acre dog park from the design.

The council asked staff to provide alternative locations for a dog park but farther away from residents after listening to about an hour of arguments on both sides.

The city held several public meetings over the past 18 months about concerns with an off-leash dog park planned for the 10-acre park site.

Resident Thane Vennix said he collected the signatures of more than 90 of his neigbhors in support of the dog park in their immediate community.

“I was excited about it,” Vennix said. “I would be OK with living next door to the park. I know there are people who would not be excited about that.”

Jennifer Williams was one of several West Roseville Specific Plan residents who spoke in opposition to the plan, arguing the dog park will create noise and odor disturbances and negatively impact their quality of life.

“I am not happy with the proposed plan,” Williams said. “I believed a residential neighborhood is absolutely the wrong place to put a dog park.”

She cited a study that found 95 percent of users drive to dog parks, and she said the amenity would be more appropriate for a regional park.

“I do use our parks, I do run around our parks a lot,” Herman said. “(A) lot of our residents don’t realize that dogs are not allowed in our parks. They’re allowed on our trails on-leash and in off-leash dog parks.”

He said he supports dog parks because of the city’s restrictions on dogs in other parks.

Councilman John Allard said a few years ago a large dog park was planned for a property on Baseline but neighbors “killed it.” That’s why the current dog parks are overcrowded and a new one is needed.

“Sometimes you have to think about the good of the entire community, not just your neighborhood,” Allard said. “I’m not expressing a position for or against the dog park, but this is a community, this is a city, this isn’t just a neighborhood and we do things based on what’s best for the entire community.”

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Dec. 7 council meeting:

Agreement for criminal justice information system access: Roseville Police Department will pay Sacramento County $21,816 for continued access to their automated criminal justice system, which includes a database of persons known to law enforcement such as active warrants, probating information, arrest history and gang-related information. Roseville police say the information is invaluable because a significant number of people their officers arrest come from Sacramento County.

Services agreement for Roseville Electric lighting program: Roseville Electric will use Robert Mowris and Associates to conduct a third-party evaluation of the energy-efficiency savings and reductions achieved through the public utility’s Large Commercial Lighting Program. This program produces an energy savings of 2.7 million kilowatt-hours.

The report should be completed by March 30, 2012 for a cost not to exceed $28,650. The utility is required by law to obtain this third-party evaluation, which will be filed with the California Energy Commission.

Vehicle purchase: The police department will purchase a Ford Expedition for $29,801 to serve as a police patrol watch commander vehicle. It will be equipped with additional radios, computers, printers, storage and white boards to act as a temporary command post during major incidents.

Refuse front loaders budget adjustment: The council approved the purchase of two refuse front loader vehicles at the Nov. 16 meeting for the lowest bid at $256,072 per vehicle, which is above the city’s budgeted amount. There is sufficient funding in the Automotive Replacement Fund but this requires a budget adjustment of $33,352.

Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant levee relocation project agreement amendment: The city needs to conduct additional modifications on the project to mitigate unexpected high groundwater levels in a limited area of wastewater emergency storage ponds that threaten to damage a new pond liner.

This increases the not-to-exceed amount of the contract by $111,818 for a total fee of nearly $1.7 million, of which Roseville is responsible for paying 50 percent. Funding is provided by the South Placer Wastewater Authority. The project aims to reduce the risk of Dry Creek overtopping two ponds by providing a 100-year level of flood protection.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.