Sixty-three percent of non-seasonal city employees will soon have pay in line with the going rate in the job market, if the Rio Rancho Governing Body votes to implement the plan at its meeting Wednesday.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The city hired a consultant to study salaries and make recommendations on what the pay should be to stay competitive for getting and keeping employees. The governing body approved $650,000 in next fiscal year’s budget to implement the recommendations to bring all employees in line with the market.
While non-unionized employees’ salaries can be adjusted based on a governing body vote, the city must negotiate with each of the three unions to set pay rates for the employees they represent.
According to city information, negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have concluded, and the local union’s executive board accepted the plan the consultant recommended. Union members are scheduled to vote on the contract in coming days.
Negotiations with the firefighters and police unions are ongoing, according to the city.
The staff recommends the governing body implement the pay plan for the 165 non-represented employees and the 249 AFSCM employees now.
Because employees have been transferred, terminated and hired since the $650,000 was calculated as impact and because unexpected issues might occur during implementation of the plan, the final cost will differ from the original estimate, according to the city.
The agenda also includes:
• A vote on hiring acting Development Services Director Dolores Wood to take the position permanently. Wood has 25 years of experience in the city Development Services Department;
• A vote on donating an old ambulance to the Sandoval County Fire Department because the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department is replacing it;
• Votes on the Cuesta al Este Master Plan and zoning amendments, which have been postponed twice;
• A vote on transferring a liquor license to a Ridgecrest 66 store at 229 NM 528;
• A vote on transferring a liquor license to Pinetree Kicks No. 6284 at 901 36th Place;
• A second reading of an ordinance to allow the issuance of up to $3 million in industrial revenue bonds for Stolar Research Corp. The city wouldn’t be responsible for repaying the bonds;
• A second reading to amend an ordinance to allow the sale of alcohol to begin at 11 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays;
• A vote on where to spend $52,000 in Community Development Block Grant money the city received above its expected award. City staff is recommending putting the money toward the Emergency Home Repair Program;
• A vote on a budget adjustment to allow the police department to spend almost $13,000 in New Mexico Gang Task Force money for GangNet software. The software facilitates collection of data from different sources for a database that allows monitoring and analyzing of gang activity; and
• An update on the city July 4 celebrations and Pork & Brew barbecue competition.