West U Council Meets Friday

The West University Place City Council will hold a special meeting and workshop session on Friday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building.
The council cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, due to the lack of a quorum.
According to the agenda, council and staff will discuss the results of a recent employee compensation study.
Last year, West U and several other area cities contracted with Fox Lawson & Associates to analyze municipal salaries in the Houston region.
As the regional economy has begun to bounce back, many cities have started to adjust salary ranges and “catch up” by providing salary increases. The issue is particularly acute in cities like West U, where many employees must commute from other areas to work for the city.
With an estimated 30 West U employees eligible to retire between now and 2018, four vacancies in the police department, three vacancies in the fire department, as well as “other key positions” in public works and parks and recreation, West U faces a considerable challenge in attracting and retaining qualified employees.
The council may consider a minimum salary adjustment of 3 percent, capping increases at 15 percent, as the city staff continues to prepare the fiscal year 2015 budget.
The council also is scheduled to consider two new appointments to the Board of the Friends of West U Parks Fund Inc. The two nominees for the board are Anna Stewart and Robin Murray.
The council also will consider a resolution recognizing next week as National Payroll Week.