West U Council Meeting to Consider Land Purchases

A “long-range planning exercise” aimed at creating a city campus is on the agenda of the West U City Council Monday.
The council is scheduled to meet in executive session at 5:30 p.m., with the regular session at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the West U Municipal Building at 3800 University Blvd.
West U officials last week announced that they have been studying the creation of a “city campus” that would be located on the block bordered by University, College and Auden Streets.
West U City Manager Michael Ross last week notified 18 property owners of 10 properties that the city might eventually want to purchase those properties.
The plan is a 30-year effort to determine the “optimum” location for city facilities, West U Mayor Bob Fry stressed.
In a press release about the plan, Fry said, “We have embarked on this facility master planning process to make sure we offer the most efficient and integrated delivery of services to West U residents and we plan accordingly for the next 30 years.”
The city council has met in two recent executive sessions to discuss the long-term plans with Jeff Gerber, of PGAL Architects. The council will meet again in executive session to discuss the plan. The executive session also includes a discussion of the Zoning and Planning Commission’s ongoing effort to rewrite the city’s zoning ordinances for commercial properties.
The council also is scheduled to consider the adoption of a new employee handbook for all city personnel.
Changes to the handbook include some of the recommendations made earlier by a compensation consultant to the city of West U. Those changes include a revised policy to keep city pay at a level equal to the 75th percentile of compensation paid by area cities, and a change in the number of employee sick days from 9 to 15. The changes also would allow the city to add “premium pay” when and if it becomes necessary for the city to retain or recruit highly qualified personnel.
The council also is scheduled to consider its annual update to the Water Conservation/Drought Contingency Plan, which has been reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.