Police contract cheaper than expected for 2011

June 3, 2011

By Staff

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The city’s police contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office came in under budget for the year.

In late 2010, the sheriff’s office estimated that the contract for 2011 would cost the city about $1.46 million. The final contract cost came in $37,000 under budget.

There will be no changes to the level of service for the year.

Street repairs to be cheaper than expected

The city’s street repairs for the year will be cheaper than its contract engineers estimated.

Engineers estimated the city’s repairs to cost about $1.04 million, but Redmond-based Watson Asphalt Paving submitted a bid of $825,000.

The city’s budget for the year was $1 million.

This year’s repairs — which include deferred repairs from last year — call for fixes to 10 stretches of road in the city, including on Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way.

City Manager Rob Wyman said construction will likely begin in late June or early July.

For a map of construction locations, go to the city’s website, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us, and click the “Public Works Project Updates” link under the “What’s New” heading. Then click the “2011 Pavement Overlay locations” link.


City updates salary, vacation policies for its employees

The City Council in May unanimously passed updates to the city’s personnel policies.

The updates make small changes to city employees’ salary and vacation accrual practices, which were last updated in December and January.

Pertaining to salary practices, the city will strive to conduct salary surveys every two years, adjusting the top and bottom salary ranges for each employee in accordance with the Seattle Consumer Price Index. These changes take the place of cost-of-living pay increases.

Employees are to start in the bottom to middle of their salary ranges, although the city manager can approve a higher starting salary.

Raises, which now come in the form of merit increases, are dependent on results from an annual performance review.

With respect to vacation accrual, employees can accrue as much as 30 days of vacation.

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