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Council passes all items on Tuesday's regular agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items at its Tuesday council meeting. During the meeting, council held two public hearings regarding the City, Crime Control and Prevention District and Fire Control and Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District. No one spoke against any of the budgets.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items on the regular agenda, including rescheduling the time of Oct. 3’s regular city council meeting to 5:30 p.m. so that council and city officials can participate in National Night Out with citizens.

Council also amended employee classifications for the Deer Park Public Library. According to the city manager’s memos, Library Director Rebecca Pool would like to promote an existing employee to the position of Assistant Director/Library Technical Services Supervisor role, and create the new role of Head of Adult Services. For several months, the Deer Park Public Library has had a vacancy in the position of Assistant Library Director, and have received few quality applicants. Human Resources Director Bill Philibert recently conducted a salary survey for this role and learned the city’s pay scale lags the market significantly. Restructuring the library department will help fill its staffing needs, and at a minimal cost to the its budget.

In other business, council also approved an ordinance calling for a public hearing to adopt standards of care for the city’s afterschool program for Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall; youth sports organization agreements with Quest Soccer and Deer Park Pony Baseball; and renewing an agreement with Valley View Consulting for investment advisory services.

During the meeting, council also held public hearings for the city’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, CCPD budget and the Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical Services budget. Sam Pipkin, chair of the FCPEMS Board, spoke in favor of the budget. No one spoke for the other budgets and no citizens spoke against.