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City Council Keeps It Quick in Last Meeting of 2013

The council approved a landscaping maintenance contract and employee salary and benefit resolutions, including a retroactive raise for retiring City Administrator Geoffrey Grote.

Piedmont City Hall. Photo credit: Charles Burress.
Piedmont City Hall. Photo credit: Charles Burress.
The Piedmont City Council moved briskly through a short agenda Monday night, approving three items:

—A new one-year contract for landscape maintenance with Cleary Brothers Landscape, a long-time contractor with the city, for $120,040. The contract carries an option for five one-year renewals, with an increase each year of up to the rise in the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area. Cleary Brothers was the low bidder for the contract. City officials also cited "very good communications" and past experience with the company.

—A salary and benefits agreement with the city's professional, technical and supervisory workers. The provisions are similar to agreements reached with other employee groups recently.

—An amendment to the city's agreement with City Administrator Geoffrey Grote approving a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013. According to a report by Acting City Attorney Michelle Marchetta Kenyon, the salary increase and required employee contributions to retirement and medical benefits in the amendment are consistent with those approved for other management-level city employees earlier this year. Grote is retiring early next year.

You may see the complete agenda and accompanying staff reports on the City of Piedmont website here.

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