After the retirements of the Bryan police chief and a sergeant were approved earlier this month, more changes within the department were OK’d by city council on Monday.
Council approved a pay raise for interim chief Chris Chapa, from $67,155.60 to $68,255.60 per year, “to compensate for the extra hours and extra duties he will be performing over the next several months,” according to the employment status change request document.
Patrol officer John Rathke also received a raise for having completed three years of full-time service with the department. The wage adjustment is in accord with the city’s bargaining agreement.
Danielle Nicholson was hired as a full-time police/fire dispatcher, with a start date to be determined.
Council also approved Chapa to give two civil service tests, one for police officer position and another for a sergeant. Prompted by questions from council, Chapa said his department is understaffed by four or five positions and that, with the upcoming retirement of Sgt. Clifford Weigel, “I’ll have no working sergeants.”
Chapa explained that the test for sergeants is for current officers with at least three years of service to the department.
And following a closed, executive session to discuss appointment of a public employee and acquisition of property, council approved to mayor to advertise for the chief position, which is open following the recent retirement of Michael Willis.
In other action Monday, council approved a 10-year Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption for Schlachter Investments, for construction at 525 Winzeler Drive, in the industrial park on the city’s east side. Council approved a $42,315 agreement with Schlachter Investments LLC for a 8.463-acre lot earlier this month.
According to the company’s tax abatement application, construction will involve a 320-by-150-foot warehouse space. Half the building will be “corporate headquarters for S & S Directional Boring Ltd., Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Ltd., and OBIC LLC International Headquarters” while “open tenant space (is) to be utilized for manufacturing warehouse space or other manufacture looking for rental option.”
Schlachter hopes to create six new jobs through 2022 with an average wage of new employees greater than $60,000 per year, with additional jobs likely for the other firms associated with the project.
• Approved appropriations of $15,000, a donation from the Bryan Rotary Foundation for improvements to pavilions at Moore Park; and $5,400 from donations of various individuals for an upcoming 25-year anniversary celebration at the Imagination Station. City Parks and Recreation Department Director Ben Dominique said the celebration is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1.
• Set the employee annual premium rate for health insurance for the years starting Sept. 1. City leaders praised Clerk-Treasurer Laura Rode, Mike Kurivial of First Insurance and others for negotiating a 0 percent increase for this year.
• Approved an ordinance adopting and implementing a uniform policy regarding projects that utilize federal funding. City Attorney Rhonda Fisher said the ordinance was required by the auditors and included “pretty standard language” for such projects.