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City budget-saving plan about to end
by Joshua H. Silavent
Oct 24, 2011 | 783 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The City Council is expected to close its Sustainable Services Initiative — a reorganization and budget-savings measure — when it meets today.

The project, now complete, resulted in more than $2.2 million in savings for the current fiscal year as city services were consolidated, staff positions were reclassified and more wage and benefits concessions were enacted.

According to staff reports, a total of 17 positions were eliminated and 63 positions were reclassified to reflect current responsibilities in the new structure. Today, city government is operating with a workforce on par with 1996 levels.

City officials have long said the city needs to behave more efficiently, much like a small business, in order to manage the loss of tax revenues resulting from the prolonged economic downturn.

But the City Council did receive some heat this spring when it approved pay raises for 31 administrative, supervisory and nonsupervisory employees at a cost of $101,000 during the implementation of the initiative as a result of new classifications and position eliminations.

In other agenda items, the City Council will consider a protest from West Coast Paving concerning a bid for the city’s permanent patch program.

Last month, city staff recommended awarding a contract to Q&D Construction for the work in the amount of $142,350. West Coast Paving, which had a higher bid, protested, ostensibly objecting to the responsiveness of the bid from Q&D.

City staff has said Q&D is in compliance. The City Council is expected to award the contract to either company once the protest is resolved.

The City Council will meet at 2 p.m. today in the legislative chambers located at 745 Fourth St.

A Redevelopment Agency meeting will immediately follow the council meeting.
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