City fully reinstates 3 percent pay raises for its 630 employees

It’s official. After years of taking pay cuts, city of Grand Junction workers will have their full 3 percent raises reinstated.

Grand Junction city councilors during their meeting Wednesday night voted to reinstate the remaining 1.5 percent in pay. Councilors at the beginning of the year reinstated half of the 3 percent cuts and said they would consider reinstating the other half six months later.

The cuts taken in 2009 were needed to maintain as many staff as possible, city officials said at the time. Still, the city reduced about 80 positions to account for a decrease in revenues. The city currently has about 630 employees.

Reinstating the 1.5 percent in pay will cost the city $306,000. The increases will not be retroactive.

In other news:

■ Despite a cost difference, councilors opted to purchase two compressed natural gas dump trucks over diesel dump trucks. Councilor Sam Susuras cast the lone dissenting voice on the issue, citing the need to save taxpayers’ dollars.

Grand Junction city staff determined there is about a $100,000 difference in purchasing two CNG vehicles over two diesel vehicles. It is a cost difference the city is not expected to recoup, staff reported. Councilor Teresa Coons said she thought that because the city already has invested in a CNG fueling facility, the importance of air quality and the local availability of natural gas made the investment worthwhile. Other councilors echoed that sentiment. Councilors approved the purchase of two 2012 Hanson International dump trucks for $163,235 and $173,074. The lowest bidder for diesel trucks was Transwest Trucks with two 2013 Freightliners for $116, 957 and $124,551. Trade-in costs for the city’s used dump trucks also factored into the cost of the vehicles.


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