Uptick in collections good news for city employees

council 03-18-14

By Traci Chapman

An uptick in tax revenues meant good news in more ways than one for Mustang city employees, after council members unanimously approved a one-time bonus for them.

The move came during Tuesday’s regular meeting, when council approved the $750-per-person bonus, made possible by increased sales and use tax collections, City Manager Tim Rooney said.

“This was something we wanted to do for everyone, collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining employees alike,” Rooney said.

Council members Matt Taylor, Kathleen Moon-Staples, Terry Jones and Mayor Jay Adams all voted in favor of the measure. Council members Linda Bowers, Linda Hagan and Donal Mount were absent.

“I’m glad the ship is sailing and we’re in the black,” Adams said. “Righting the ship took a lot of hard work by everyone, the employees as well.”

Members also approved improvements to SW 89th Street, with two sections of work to be done between Mustang and Sara roads and from Sara to Morgan Road, Rooney said.

Cost of the work would be $430,000, with an additional $20,000 budgeted for possible contingent costs, the city manager said. Funding would come from the city’s street improvement fund, which currently has $650,000 in it, Rooney said.

“This a project we know needs to be completed because of the poor condition of the road,” he said.

The project cost will be lower thanks to help from Canadian County Commissioner David Anderson, as well as Silver Star Construction, which works for the city, Rooney said. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

The road will be closed to through traffic during construction, but local residents will have access to their homes, the city manager said. Work could begin in a few weeks, he said.