Altus Air Force Base water customers will pay $0.02 more per thousand gallons of raw water, following the Altus City Council’s decision to amended an Ordinance on Thursday, Sept. 2, at their regular meeting, for new water rates.
According the acting City Manager, last year, Council approved the rate of $3.16 for potable water, and $1.25 for raw water, for AAFB customers. While there was a discussion to incrementally increase the rates, nothing was ever formalized. Contracting Office for Altus Air Force Base, Lori Clinton, recently contacted the City about wanting to maintain their rates and update their records. There was no increase in the potable water rate.
Altus Mayor David Webb stated that AAFB had “pushed” for the increase in raw water because they have to pay their fair rate that cannot be discounted.
Also during the meeting, Council approved a Resolution to amend a section of the City Employees Policies and Procedure Manual regarding City contributions toward retiree healthcare benefits for employees hired after Jan. 1, 2015. Council voted to pay zero percent into the healthcare benefit for future retirees to help with the City’s financial stability. The City will continue to pay 45 percent for retirees and retiree dependents hired before Jan 1., 2015.
Council also approved for the Greens of Altus Golf Course to replace its old lease with Justice Golf Cart Company, Inc., for twenty, 2013 model gas powered golf carts on a 48-month lease. The new lease will replace the twenty electric golf carts, 2007 models, with an increased lease price to $1,330. The Greens of Altus looks to provided continual access for golfer who have experienced a significant loss of power in the electrical carts by mid afternoon.
Council also authorized the City to solicit a request for proposals to executive recruitment firms for recruiting a new City Manager to fill the vacant position, currently held by acting City Manager, and Assistant City Manager, Greg Buckley.
Council entered into executive session to discuss a pending EEOC complaint against the City of Altus, filed by Marinda S. Ingram, relating to scheduling a Conciliation Conference with e EEOC, and also to discuss the purchase or appraisal of real property south of the city limits. No votes were taken. In open session, Mayor Webb stated that those items were update only.
During comments and reports from the City Manager, Buckley announced the City is looking to create a Financial Consultant position, and to realign some of the job duties within the financial and human resources department.
Councilman Chad Osborne commented that the City Manager does not have the authority to create new positions, and that it must be approved by Council first. “I have a concern that you even have that authority to create a new position,” Osborne said. “Because we sure haven’t approved it and i don’t think you have the authority to add position back into the budget. I think there’s a lot of concern about it so maybe we ought to talk about it.”
Following other comments from Council and the Mayor, the meeting adjourned.