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Anonymous
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 03:09 pm:   

I imagine that it's public record, but I can't seem to find it. How much are Frisco's Mayor, City Manager, and City Council Members paid?
 

Nan
Unregistered guest
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 05:30 pm:   

Thank you for your interest. The City of Frisco's Mayor and Members of the City Council are not paid. For staff salaries, please either complete a public information request, found on the City's Webpage, or contact my office at 972-335-5551 x 124. Best regards, Nan Parker, City Secretary
 

Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2003 - 04:54 pm:   

Why must a form be completed for this information? Why can it not just be posted?
 

Nan Parker, City Secretary
Moderator
Username: Nan

Post Number: 13
Registered: 09-2001
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 09:11 pm:   

Dear Anonymous: I apologize for the lateness of this response. In compliance with the Public Information Act, all requests for information are requested to be in writing. There is a standard form that is on the City Secretary Webpage or if you would like to just put the request in writing and fax it to my office, please feel free to do so...(972)335-5559. I will forward the request to Human Resources so that they may respond accordingly. In the meantime, please feel free to contact my office at 972-335-5551 x 124 and I will be happy to visit with you. Best regards, Nan Parker, City Secretary
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 07:34 am:   

Obviously when considering the information provided on this feedback page and when going in person to the City for information not ALL information requests require a form to be completed. Which information requests require a form and which do not?
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 07:39 am:   

How much money does the city spend on its annual employee Christmas lunch? I went to a city office last December and a note was posted on the door stating the office was closed for the lunch. The office was closed for more than one hour. With the cost of the lunch, employee salaries, and the cost of the lunch for the guest the employee is permitted to bring, what is the cost to the taxpayers? Are employees required to use vacation time for the "extended lunch"? Why is this item NOT a line item in the city budgets? Why does the city administration believe taxpayers should be paying for this lunch? Why is the money not being used on items for the city; such as, trees, landscaping, irrigation, parks, or streets? I have read many messages from city staff stating funding is not available for items. Why not use this lunch money for those items?
 

Jason Gray, Interim ACM
Moderator
Username: Jason

Post Number: 105
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 10:35 am:   

Dear Anonymous-

Like many other employers, the City of Frisco has an annual appreciation lunch each December in appreciation of our employees. While I have not had a chance to run all of the cost numbers that you are referring to, the cost of the lunch itself was $3000 for the roughly 400 people that attended this past year. The City contracts with the School District to provide the lunch and it is held at Staley Middle School. For the lunch, we typically close operations for two hours during one Friday near the end of Decmeber. At the lunch, we also provide length of service awards (5 years, 10 years, etc) to qualifying employees.

Employees are not charged a vacation hour for the extra hour that they are away from their typical work that day. It is the feeling of the City Administration that this is a relatively small investment in showing our apprecation as an employer to our employees. The cost of the lunch is included in the annual budget.

It should be noted that no City employees receive annual "bonuses", and there are currently no other annual appreciation events. This combined with our efforts to keep the appreciation dinner to a minimal cost by using school facilities, we feel that it is well worth the cost to help retain our quality employees. As you are probably aware, employee turnover is incredibly expensive to any organization, and we feel that this is a reasonable investment of taxpayer money to show our apprecation.

If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time via email (jgray@ci.frisco.tx.us) or by phone at 972-335-5551 x125.

Thanks-
Jason Gray
Assistant City Manager
 

James klien
Unregistered guest
Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 05:43 pm:   

Last week, I overheard how much pay increases certain city employees received. Is it normal city procedure to have employees discuss how much of a big raise they were granted? This brings me to my second question, how are raises, or salary structures calculated for the City? Since it is my tax dollars that help fund the City, I will like to know the process of who gets what.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2003 - 09:27 am:   

Why does the City of Frisco website contain any information regarding employee salaries? Many Cities have this information on their websites. I would like to know how much our City administrators and department directors make, without having to fill out any request for information forms. This should be public information for all of us taxpayers to see, on the website.
 

Nan Parker, City Secretary
Moderator
Username: Nan

Post Number: 16
Registered: 09-2001
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2003 - 11:13 am:   

Anonymous: In response to your question on March 12, 2003, I reiterate in order to comply with the Public Information Act the City requires all request for public information be in writing. By way of example only, we need to have the name and address of the individual so that we can respond accordingly. Best regards, Nan Parker
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2003 - 12:34 pm:   

Asked previously and without receiving a reply, obviously not ALL requests require a written request as demonstrated by the information contained/provided within this board. What information requires a form and which does not?
 

Henry J. Hill
Unregistered guest
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 09:53 am:   

Mr. James Klein:

Regarding the question as to how annual employee pay adjustments are arrived at, the following outlines the process:

Each year the current salary plan is evaluated for updates on the basis of the external prevailing pay rates obtained from the City’s comparative market. The comparative market adopted by the City Council includes:

City of Allen
City of Arlington
City of Carrollton
City of Coppell
City of Denton
City of Farmers Branch
City of Grapevine
City of Lewisville
City of McKinney
City of Plano
City of Richardson
Collin County (where applicable)
Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS) for Dallas-Fort Worth (where applicable)

This comparative market is based on several factors including organization size, location, and organizations that we compete with to obtain and retain highly qualified individuals.

Approximately 34% of our positions are used as benchmarks to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the City’s pay ranges based on what the comparative market’s ranges are for those positions. The average of the market midpoints is calculated and compared with the City’s current mid-point for the same positions.

If the City’s mid-point for a benchmark position is at least 5% below the market mid-point average, then the position (and related positions for which this position is used as the benchmark) is considered for a market adjustment. If funding is available, it has been the City’s practice to give the incumbents of an adjusted position the same percent of adjustment that their position received (if adjusted) as a market adjustment. The percent of market adjustment may vary, but not all employees receive market adjustments – only those whose positions indicated the need for an adjustment based on market information. Funding for market adjustments is included in the budget that is adopted annually by the City Council.

Annually employees are also evaluated for a merit increase based on the evaluation of their performance over the past year. The merit increase can range from 2-7%, but the City strives to maintain an overall 5% average.

Should you have any further questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at hhill@ci.frisco.tx.us or by phone at 972-335-5551

Thank you,

Henry J. Hill
Deputy City Manager

 

Anonymous
Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 09:58 pm:   

What are the hours of the household hazardous waste collection center? I was there at 1:30 this afternoon with tons of paint and the center was empty.
 

pippacouvillion
Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 10:06 am:   

We are sorry that we missed you. Our Hazardous Household Hazardous Waste Center is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Weekdays by appointment call 972-335-5558. ID required Driver's License and copy of your Frisco water bill. The center is for Frisco resident use only no commercial accounts.

Please give us a call so that we can help you

Pippa Couvillion,
Environmental Services Manager
972-335-5598
 

Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 04:09 pm:   

I heard from a City staff member that the City is going to install monuments/statues with the Main Street project with a cost of $30,000 each with a least 4 being installed. First, is this true? If so, why would the City spend at minimum of $120,000 on statues for a single project? I also heard that the reason the City was choosing these monuments was because the day-to-day City staff working on this project consists of City employees who for the most part do NOT live in the City of Frisco so they don't see the big deal. Well I do. There are many postings on this site where the City's reasoning for not being able to do certain projects; such as, median landscaping, traffic signals, right or left turn lanes at intersections is because money is not available. Can the City's administration not find better uses for $120,000 than statues for one roadway? Does the City really feel that because several employees who work on these projects do not live within the City limits that they have "free spending" of our tax dollars for outrageous expenses? That is a horrible excuse to spend a lot of money. Won't the Frisco Square project (which we tax payers are paying an incredible amount for already for City offices) and the new Soccer stadium provide enough monuments for this short segment of roadway so that $120,000 is not needed for 4 statues? I find this expense ridiculous, uphauling, and a waste of our tax dollars. What is the City's opinion of their staff's actions of this matter? As usual I'm sure your reponse will be to stand behind this ridiculous choice and state it is necessary, but let me ask you when is enough actually enough? We tax payers have supported several bond referendums for projects but why does the City spend so much money on unnecessary items, especially when the money could be spread over a greater number than one project? How do I find the line item, itemized, costs for this project in order to see what other extravegant costs have been associated with it? Who do I contact for the cost estimate line item by line item?
 

Curt Balogh
Moderator
Username: Curt_balogh

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 01:30 pm:   

To Anonymous:

Your post includes both questions and comments concerning how decisions are made regarding expenditures. I respect your right to disagree with these expenditures and want to make sure you have accurate information concerning this project and how decisions are made regarding projects and commitment of tax dollars. Dudley Raymond, Parks Planning and Capital Projects Superintendent, provides a response below to the specific questions you raise. You are welcome to contact me directly, or Dudley if you have additional questions or want additional clarification about these projects.

Regards,
Curt Balogh, Special Assistant to the City Manager
972-335-5551 xt 108
cbalogh@ci.frisco.tx.us



Anonymous

The current plans for Main Street project do not call for the construction of monuments/statues.

You may actually be referring to the Preston Road Overlay District and Implementation Plan, which does call for the construction of 4 statues and 2 stone obelisks as part of Phase 1. These will be constructed at key intersections along Preston Road. For your information and to clear up some of your misgivings, here is the process that was followed. Projects of this type are usually a joint effort of the City Staff, Citizen Committees, and the City Council. These plans were prepared under the direct supervision of City Administration and City Council. City Council received numerous presentations and discussed the items included in the plans in open session during regularly scheduled City Council meetings. They directed staff and the consultants on various parts of the plan and ultimately approved the plan. The funding for the plan was approved in the FY03 budget presented to City Council. The artists were approved by City Council and a board of citizens appointed by City Council approved the Artwork itself. Staff facilitated the meetings but did not have a vote. Overall, this project has been underway for several years and has been covered by the newspaper on several occasions.

So you see, the notion of a Staff person having "free spending" authority of citizens tax dollars could not be further from the truth.

City Council made a conscious decision to apply the Preston Road Overlay District and the Preston Road Implementation Plan to enhance this vital corridor. The plans cover a broad array of aspects such as building materials, building design, landscaping, roadway lighting, median planting, and building setbacks. The first phase of the implementation plan, which is where the artwork is identified, also includes items such as median landscaping and roadway lighting. It is important to note that the City applied for and received a matching grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the median landscaping and irrigation. This allowed the City to stretch the tax dollars even farther.

With respect to the artwork being a waste of money. It is important to understand that this corridor and the Center at Preston Ridge are very important to the overall financial health of the City. The City receives a large amount of revenue from the taxes this area generates. This enhancement is an overall effort to attract new businesses to this area and retain existing business in addition to marketing Frisco as a whole. There are many studies that clearly show that public art in a community helps with property values, education, has a positive impact on the economy and the overall social fabric of a community.

If you would like to see a break down of the cost associated with the project please contact me.

Thank you
Dudley Raymond
Parks Planning and Capital Project Superintendent
(972) 335-5540 Ext. 159
 

John
New member
Username: John

Post Number: 9
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 11:28 pm:   

Dudley -

Thank you for the information that you provided in your response to the anonymous poster above.

My question is, when will the aesthetic city improvements begin on Preston? The time it has taken to see the fruits of this labor has been way too long.

John
 

Dudley Raymond
Unregistered guest
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 10:18 am:   

John

I understand your concern with the amount of time the project is taking. Again, please remember that the plan addresses several areas. First being the building and landscape standards on private property as part of the overlay district. These have been in place for awhile and are being implemented. The second part of this is the median improvements, the artwork and obelisks.

The second part has been an extremely difficult project. First, the statues are being place outside of the ROW which requires cooperation from various property owners, legal easements being drafted and approved by two sets of attorneys, the selection of artist, the commissioning of original artwork and the fabrication of art work. I have the easements and will be delivering them today 5-16-03. The artist have completed the pieces of art and have been sent to the foundry to be cast in bronze. They should be installed within the next several months if all the legal easements can be finalized.

The landscaping and lighting within the ROW requires coordination with TxDOT and getting in since with there project schedules and project funding state wide. The plans are 95% complete and TxDOT has indicated that the project will start construction in the Fall.

Dudley Raymond
Parks Planning and Capital Project Superintendent
(972) 335-5540 Ext. 159
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 09:00 pm:   

Is there a location on the website where citizens can view the salaries of city workers? The City of Dallas has this information on their website. Also, what is the average cost of living (COLA)raises city workers recieve yearly?

 

Lauren Safranek, HR Director
Moderator
Username: Lauren

Post Number: 3
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, May 30, 2003 - 04:28 pm:   

Individual salaries are not available on-line. Personnel cost is included in the Budget that is available on-line. Specific salaries are available through an Open Records Request.
The City does not provide COLA’s but instead, implements market adjustments. Market adjustments are made only to positions that our survey shows are at least 5% below the market average. Not all employees or positions receive market adjustments and adjustments vary from year to year. Last year 81% of our employees received some type of market adjustment. The total cost of the adjustments was 4% of payroll.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Friday, May 30, 2003 - 08:44 pm:   

Thanks for the timely response to the above-mentioned question. I have another question. Can you please tell me the approximant number of applications received for the Project manager position listed on the employment section of the HR web site? Thank you for your help!
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2003 - 07:02 am:   

I read the Bond Sale Report and have a few questions. What is the definition of "value engineering" used in the report in order to save $2.5 million? Does this mean new products or less stringent requirements will be used for construction and/or design? Several City recently built roads have drainage problems that developer roads do not, does value engineering mean a lesser drainage system? Please explain this term.
 

Lauren Safranek, HR Director
Moderator
Username: Lauren

Post Number: 4
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2003 - 03:25 pm:   

As of today, we have had 31 applications for the Project Manager position.

Sincerely,

Lauren Safranek
Director of Human Resources
Ph: 972-335-1695
 

Cissy Sylo
Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2003 - 04:56 pm:   

Value Engineering is defined as “an organized effort directed at analyzing the functions of systems, equipment, facilities, services and supplies for the purpose of achieving the essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with the required performance, reliability, quality and safety".

Value Engineering does not mean less stringent standards. The goal of the process is to obtain the best design and construction method known to an independent group participating in the process.

If the individual could cite the roadways that they are expressing concern about, the Engineering Services group will report on the circumstances

Thank you.


Cissy Sylo, P.E.
Director of Engineering Services
 

Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 10:07 am:   

This is my second posting on this issue and I hope the City can find the time to answer my question; otherwise, I will address these issues at future council meetings and on the other Frisco forum board, which some of our council members moderate. Why does the City pay a car allowance of $400.00 per month to its top managers and department directors? Most of these employees already make a six-figure income and could easily afford car payments on their own salary. Is it possible that this money could be better off spent trying to bring up the salaries of the lower paid dedicated and hard working city employees, many of which work two jobs just to survive?
 

Lauren Safranek, HR Director
Moderator
Username: Lauren

Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 09:14 am:   

The City of Frisco strives to provide the highest level of pay and benefits for all its employees consistent with the market place. By attracting and retaining the best people we have found we can be more effective and efficient with the use of the citizen's tax dollars. It has been a stated policy of the City to be an "employer of choice" such that we are able to bring into the city's workforce highly skilled and experienced employees in all ranges of positions. Those skills and abilities (along with hard work and dedication) are key to Frisco's continuing ability to improve the quality of life for all our residents as we grow and develop.

In my view, the issue of pay and vehicle allowances is really two separate matters.

Regarding pay, City management and the City Council have worked aggressively since 1999 to assure that pay for all positions is competitive and attracts quality, experienced workers. Every year, the pay plan is evaluated against other metroplex cities to compare Frisco’s rates of pay, and adjustments are made to pay ranges and the incumbent’s current salary. In fact, it should be noted that in most cities, as long as you are within the range (or new range if it receives a market adjustment), then the incumbents do not receive a market adjustment. However, this results in incumbents loosing ground in their range and causing a compression issue with other less tenured employees. Yet, the City of Frisco not only adjusts the range of pay for a position based on market information but also the employee’s pay if the position’s range is adjusted. In 2001, roughly 95% of our employees received market adjustments averaging 7%. In 2002, the City spent an estimated $424,531 on market adjustments averaging 4%, and in 2003 the City spent approximately $583,000 on market adjustments for 82% of our employees averaging 4%. Furthermore, these market adjustments are in addition to merit adjustments that average 5%.

The City's practice on vehicle allowance has been to provide such to certain managers who are called upon in the nature of their duties to utilize a vehicle to view and visit locations throughout the city and region, respond to needs, and to attend meetings/activities at any time of the day or evening. This is comparable to what most other cities do for similar positions. Often it is more cost effective to provide a vehicle allowance rather than to provide a vehicle to the employee for such use. For those receive the allowance, the employee is entirely responsible for having, maintaining, and insuring that vehicle. As such, the allowance is more a reimbursement of cost rather than a supplement to pay. The City spends $23,600 a year on the various auto allowances.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at 972-335-1695 ext. 180.

Lauren Safranek
Director of Human Resources

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