City council awards 5% step increase to manager

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home City Council approved a step increase to City Manager Craig Martin’s salary.

The 5 percent raise will increase his pay from $55,764 to $58,548 per year and take him to the second step of his salary schedule, which was reorganized last year for all department heads and non-represented city employees and supervisors.

Based on a positive evaluation, Councilman Craig Fentiman said, the Administration and Finance Committee recommended, during its Aug. 8 meeting, that Martin be granted the step increase retroactive to July 1.

Present at the meeting were Mayor Tim McQueary and councilmen Bob McIntire, Craig Fentiman, Jim Gourley, Dick Hill, Jim Bean and Robert G. Danielson.

In other business, the council:

– Adopted a resolution supporting the siting of a new Department of Public Safety Standards and Training facility in Sweet Home. DPSST is seeking resolutions of interest from communities around the state before deciding where to locate the new facility.

– Approved funding for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit for the Sweet Home Public Library. The library’s air conditioner broke down in July and has limited the hours of operation. The council agreed to hire Reliable Heating of Sweet Home to replace the units at a cost of $17,750.

Comparisons between five proposals for the project and the selection was made by city staff, representing “both, a better product and service maintenance,” according to the library’s request for action by the city council.

The lowest cost proposal was by Middleton Heating of Corvallis for $11,585. The highest cost proposal was by Scott’s Mechanical of Albany for $33,669.

– Announced a continuing vacancy on the library board. Persons interested in serving on the library board may contact Library Director Leona McCann at 367-5007 or City Hall at 367-8969.

– Denied a liquor license request by Dale and Peggy Meacham for the Old Buckhorn Restaurant and Lounge, 5-1.