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Administrator receives a raise

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Last April, Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons got a contract extension. This year, he gets a raise.

After meeting in executive session, the city council Tuesday unanimously approved increasing his salary by 3 percent, effective Monday.

His base salary will be $100,780. Emmons received a 3-percent raise in April 2012.

“He did a great job getting the city out of the financial mess it’s been in,” Mayor Keith McComis said. “I am very pleased with the work he’s done.”

The extension to his contract last year goes through April 2015. Emmons has been with the city since April 2010.

SIDEWALK TALK

For the third – and last, they hope – time in the last two months, the council granted a special exception to the same sidewalk rule.

The city’s design manual requires a sidewalk be included in building construction. In all instances where the exception was granted, there are no other sidewalks in the neighborhoods where the properties in question are located.

The exception granted at Tuesday’s meeting is for property in the 2200 block of Stonegate Blvd. According to City Secretary Jesica McEachern, the tract is one of the last developable lots in the area, and there are no other sidewalks in the subdivision.

During a workshop in the last half of the meeting, officials directed staff to amend the design manual so that sidewalks would be required at the start of a new development and not on all new construction in existing developments that do not have sidewalks already.

The amended policy will be voted on at a future meeting.

IN OTHER NEWS

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also:

  • after meeting in closed session, approved by a vote of 3-2 to purchase the property at 1308 10th St. for $275,000, to be paid out of the unrestricted general fund balance. McComis said the city hopes to establish a veterans’ museum there. Councilmen Jimmy Meyers and A.Z. Smith opposed.
  • allocated $14,900 in unappropriated funds for a Christmas tree, lights and other holiday decorations for city buildings. “We need to do whatever it is that we have to do to build a feeling of community through this city,” Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy said. “Christmastime is the one time we can all band together.”
  • entered into an agreement with Gary Osier Presents and Mars Hill Band for a Concert in the Park Saturday, July 26. The band plays Texas country and some ’80s pop, which was what citizens voiced as their preference on a Facebook poll.
  • amended an interlocal agreement with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. outlining the funding responsibilities of all parties involved in the construction of a natural gas line to the future site of U.S. Ply Inc. A grant from the Texas Capital Fund will pay for most of the project. Any overage will be captured by the EDC.
  • granted a special exception for an RV cover that does not meet the side yard setback in the 2200 block of Stonegate Blvd. The council had granted the property owner, Terry Carlton, a special exception more than a year ago for a carport. According to city ordinance, property owners have 90 days to pull a permit to build under the special exception. Carlton was asked to reapply for a special exception, and he did, this time for an RV cover. He also asked for and was granted a six-month extension to begin construction.
  • proclaimed April National Safe Digging Month and April 13-19 Telecommunicator Week.
  • reviewed the April 3-16 payment report totaling $651,693.71.
  • heard a budget variance report on the March financials.
  • approved the April 1 meeting minutes.

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