Gonzales adopts amendment to city employee merit scale

Mary-Glenn Smith

Gonzales City Council members met Monday night for a discussion of Amendments to the Sec. 2-172, employee compensation plan. Members introduced an amendment that would reduce the rate that city employees receive merit raises.

An change from 5 percent to 2.238 percent raise was approved for the 2010-2011 budget at April’s council meeting.

The newly introduced amendment will bring employee compensation in line with the approved budget.

City employees currently move from the starting salary in each pay grade to the salary cap in seven steps. At each step, employees receive a 5 percent raise.

The new change to a 2.238 percent raise will extend the current 7 steps to hit the cap to 14 steps.

Councilman Terance Irvin, made a motion for the amendment to change from seven steps to 11 steps, rather than the 14 steps proposed.

Irvin stated that the 11 steps  would be a more gradual reduction and the city could eventually move on to the 14-step plan if the need be.

Irvin’s motion was brought up for a vote, but failed due to lack of votes from council members.

The original amendment for a 14-step stretch will be up for a final vote at the next city council meeting on May 24.

In an unrelated matter two Gonzales Soccer Club teams were honored at the meeting.

The U-16 girls team, the Flames and the U-14 boys team, the Tsuanami won state titles  in New Orleans last weekend. 

Both teams will travel to the Broken Bow, Okla. for USYSA Region III Championships on June 10-13.

Also Karen Hatcher, president of the Gonzales Committee on CulturaAffairs, reported on the group’s recent trip to Gonzales’ sister city, Meylan, France.

In her report, Hatcher said the trip was a “huge success” and thanked the city of Gonzales for their support.