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16 employment positions top council agenda

By Staff | Jun 3, 2016

City Council is being asked to approve reinstating or hiring 16 full-time employees in the building department, public works, finance, ITS and city manager’s offices at its regular weekly meeting on Monday at City Hall.

The resolutions are being presented in advance of the next budget cycle for the process to proceed so administrators can be ready to hire as soon as Oct. 1 when the Fiscal Year 2017 budget goes into effect, according to a memo issued by City Manager John Szerlag.

Twelve positions in the Department of Community Development alone are said to cost just over $744,000 in 2017. Positions include eight building inspectors, a structural plans examiner and a customer service expeditor.

Other positions include a deputy director in public works, a public information specialist, ITS security manager, and a financial grants writer.

Council also will hold four separate public hearings related to implementation of a hearing examiner to replace the Board of Zoning Adjustment & Appeals. Staff contends a hearing examiner program would bring more stability and predictability to the legal process.

Planning & Zoning Commission members, however, have recommended denial of the ordinance changes establishing a hearing examiner program.

Councilmember Rick Williams will lead a discussion evaluating the city manager’s performance as well as any compensation adjustments.

Two more resolutions to award contracts with Community Asphalt Corp. of Florida to continue the city’s local and major road resurfacing program. The contract for 38 miles of local roadways in north and south Cape is estimated at $3.8 million and 11.5 miles of major roadways in the amount of $1.9 million.

Monday’s meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.