“We’re just having to deal with oil field and other things coming up at this time, and we felt it was time for another increase,” Mayor Sam Garcia said. “We have a lot of employees with valuable knowledge that you can’t get from someone straight out of school, and we depend on you all to hand that down.”
Garcia said this rate increase would impact all 47 city employees. Previous base-pay rates were typically between $9-10 an hour, according to Garcia. The Maintenance, Construction and Repair and the Gas Departments’ entry pay was previously $9 per hour with a 50-cent increase after three months. The Waste Water Department’s starting pay was $10 per hour with a 50-cent raise.
The original proposal was for a $1 per hour pay increase, but Three Rivers City Council member Tim Strolemy moved to increase by $2.
“I don’t know if that’s enough. Salaries seem to be going up incrementally by the week,” Merrell Foster said.
Public Works Director Rocky Mendez said new employees would want to work at the higher paying department and that having a flat rate entry pay across the board would make it easier to get employees to work for the departments for which they were best suited.
In other Three Rivers City Council news, Sally Rodriguez was appointed as mayor pro tem, Rosie Forehand was appointed as city secretary, Dawn Benham was named municipal court judge and Vance Roberts as police chief.
Garcia commended Roberts on working with the changes that have occurred in Three Rivers during his years of service so far after his re-appointment.
The city is currently seeking a public health officer.