Brownwood City Council members will consider approving a new Meet and Confer agreement with the Brownwood Municipal Police Association when they meet Tuesday.
The two-year agreement is similar to one the council approved on Sept. 11 with the Brownwood Professional Fire Fighters Association.
The current Meet and Confer agreement, now in its third and final year, expires Sept. 30. The agreement had given firefighters and police officers raises of 6 percent a year for three years.
According to the proposed agreement:
• Police officers will see a base salary increase of 3 percent in their Oct. 1 paychecks. If all city employees receive an across-the-board pay increase for fiscal year 2013-'14, officers will receive an equivalent increase in base salary. The association agrees not to petition to increase salary during the term of the agreement.
• A background investigation will be conducted on each applicant for a beginning position before the applicant takes the tests. If the applicant fails the background test, he will not be allowed to test. Currently, background tests are completed after tests are completed.
• A five-member New Hire Board will be created. The board will interview applicants who pass the written test. Score totals from the written, oral and physical agility tests will determine pass/fail and rank on the eligibility list.
• A six-month probationary period will be established for firefighters promoted to a higher rank.
• If the city can't meet its funding obligations and after "exhausting all reasonably available recurring revenue," and the city has a "significant reduction in revenue," the agreement will be terminated.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Items to be withdrawn
5. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
A. National Night Out
7. Citizen presentations
Any citizen who desires to address the city council on a matter not included on the agenda may do so at this time. The city council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the council respectfully requests that prior to addressing council that each person submit a citizen presentation form that is located at the entryway to the council chambers, stating your name, address, and topic of presentation. All presentations are subject to a five minute time limit.
8. Approval of minutes — regular called meeting Sept. 11, 2012.
9. Claims and accounts.
10. Requests and presentations
A. Consider approving city owned property at the corner of East Chandler and Congress Avenue as the site location for construction of the new Central Fire Station.
11. Consent agenda
A. Consider an ordinance on second and third/final readings setting utility rates for FY 2012-'13 for the City of Brownwood.
B. Consider an ordinance on second and third/final readings setting fees, rentals, licenses and permits for the City of Brownwood.
C. Consider authorizing the mayor to sign a vendor's agreement for 2012-'13 Congregate and Home Delivered Meals with West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.
D. Consider an ordinance on first/final reading updating the salary, longevity pay and certification pay for all Civil Service — firefighters and police officers.
12. Agreements and contracts.
A. Consider approving the Meet and Confer Agreement between the City of Brownwood and the Brownwood Municipal Police Association for a two-year term from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2014.
B. Consider approval of a rental contract with howard Payne University for use of the coliseum for the 2012-'13 volleyball/basketball season.
13. Ordinances and resolutions
A. Consider an ordinance and second and third/final readings adopting the FY 2012-'13 City of Brownwood annual budget.
B. Consider an ordinance and second and third/final readings levying taxes for the year 2012 for the City of Brownwood.
C. Consider an ordinance on first reading amending section 90-43© to eliminate the restrictions placed on the Zoning Board of Adjustments in granting variances to front and side yard setbacks for signs and for height restrictions on signs.
A. Consider ratifying the mayoral appointment to the BEDC Board of Directors.
A. Budgetary Control Report.
B. FEMA re-mapping project.
C. Brown County Preparedness Fair.
D. Water restrictions reduced for one week.
E. Supplemental Water Supply Treatment Facility update.
16. Executive session
The City Council may convene into a closed executive session in the Haynes Conference Room, pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Government Code Vernon's Annotated, in accordance with the authority contained in the following section:
Section 551.074 — Personnel Matters
A. Evaluation and review of municipal court judge applications.
17. Action as a result of Municipal Court Judge applications.