The Duncan Banner

November 28, 2012

Duncan city employees to get holiday bonus

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — City employees will be looking at a $100 Christmas bonus this year as a result of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The bonus had been approved at a budget meeting in summer 2011 but it was reviewed once more Tuesday.

City Manager James Frieda said this was an opportunity to give extra attention to the excellent job that the city employees do and the reward would be a way of showing appreciation to them.

The council was in agreement with Frieda’s desire to show the employees appreciation and approved the Christmas bonus.

Vice Mayor Ricky Mayes reminded the council and the public who attended the meeting Tuesday, of the excellent job that the city field workers do especially when working in unappealing weather conditions.

He also reminded them of the professionalism used by the city’s customer service in handling complaints.

“Our employees really go above and beyond,” Mayes said.

“We really do appreciate all that they do,” Ward Three Councilman Tommy Edwards said. “We wish we could do more.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the amendment for Ordinance 13-231 was tabled.

The proposed amendment would allow for a larger pit size to allow large developers to burn in a 40-foot by 40-foot pit.

The item was tabled while the council waits for information on precautionary measures that would be taken to reduce the fire risk.

The council also approved the new contract with the Community Intervention Center which will allow it to continue its services.

“Having CIC is an invaluable asset to the community,” Frieda said.

The contract with CIC requests that the City of Duncan provide $3,000 per month to the center for rent, $1,018 per month for utilities, $605 per year for utilities and $50,000 for personnel and operational costs.

Other business:

n The council approved the purchase of a K-9 transport box for Duncan Police Department since the current transport box will not fit in the police department’s new K-9 Unit vehicle.

n The council approved the purchase of an Ingersoll-Rand Air Compressor from Factory Authorized for $2,979.98. The council approved a bid that was about $21 more than a competitive bid because it included a low oil pressure switch in the proposed price instead of requiring it to be purchased as an extra expense.

n The council approved the repair of a city truck by Billingsley Ford to repair a failed diesel engine.

n The council approved the purchase of five computer servers for $17,171.92 from Dell, Inc.