The Cambrian

CCSD approves 6 percent raise for general manager

William Hollingsworth is sworn in as Cambria’s new fire chief during the June 23 CCSD board meeting.
William Hollingsworth is sworn in as Cambria’s new fire chief during the June 23 CCSD board meeting. ktanner@thetribunenews.com

A three-director services district quorum made relatively quick work of a packed agenda June 23, unanimously approving most of the items before the board while kicking two issues down the calendar to the board’s Aug. 25 meeting.

Amanda Rice and Jim Bahringer, the other two directors of the Cambria Community Services District board, were on vacation, according to board President Gail Robinette.

The board doesn’t have a meeting scheduled in July, as is often the case.

Some actions approved by the board include:

▪  Increasing General Manager Jerry Gruber’s pay by 6 percent, raising his annual wage to $170,456.48. It had been $160,808.00, according to staff’s report on the item. The new contract goes into effect July 1, and “shall remain in effect for an indefinite term,” according to the agreement.

The raise also affects some of Gruber’s benefits, increasing the district’s contribution to his deferred compensation plan by $482, the district’s annual contributions to his state retirement account by $1,314, a $190 increase in workers’ compensation payments and a $147 increase in Medicare contributions. Total annual fiscal impact to the district will be $11,230 per year.

This was a vastly simplified and less costly contract compared with the six-year one that was to have been presented to the board in April, but was pulled from consideration. That proposal included some retroactive wage increases and a salary that rose by 5 percent each succeeding year, reaching $221,984 plus benefits by July 2020.

▪  Directors also OK’d removing the board’s regular meeting time of 12:30 from their bylaws, allowing them flexibility to schedule some meetings at different times of the day.

I’m fine with an occasional night meeting, but my constituents made it very clear to me they prefer to not go out in the dark.

Mike Thompson, CCSD board vice president

They set the August meeting for 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, but declined to set others until that meeting. They did indicate a reluctance to schedule night meetings during the winter, or after Daylight Saving Time reverts to Standard Time.

Board Vice President Mike Thompson said, “I’m fine with an occasional night meeting, but my constituents made it very clear to me they prefer to not go out in the dark.”

Among other actions directors took were: Approving the district’s $11 million budget for 16-2017; extending for a year the PR consultant contract with Balance Public Relations, to the tune of $102,000 plus out-of-pocket expenses; telling staff to develop a policy establishing a cash reserve for the district; assigning the fire hazard/fuel reduction contract to Bushwacker 1; authorizing putting donation tubes on Fiscalini Ranch Preserve; approving a 1.1 percent CPI adjustment to the Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment rates as of July 1; and increasing membership in the Buildout Reduction Program Citizens’ Committee to 10 volunteers.

The directors also agreed not to levy through the end of August the surcharges and penalties related to water-conservation measures, potable water use restrictions and maximum water-use allotments. Directors will take the issue up again then, when they have more data on summertime water use.

They’ll also review suspensions on outstanding intent-to-serve letters and consider allowing one ready-to-proceed project to connect to the water system, bringing back other parcels on the list on a case-by-case basis.

Fire Chief William Hollingsworth was sworn in. He received a standing ovation afterward.

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