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Lathrop gets funds to replace Manthey bridge across river

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POSTED November 16, 2012 1:21 a.m.

LATHROP – Development is picking up in Lathrop.

The City has been awarded $52 million in state and federal funds for a variety of construction projects ranging from the Manthey Road bridge replacement to the Lathrop Community Complex.

And thanks to the commitment to fiscal responsibility by the City Council, a healthy general fund reserve of more than $5 million sits comfortably in the bank.

It’s the perfect recipe for adding three new positions to the city’s roster to help handle a blossoming workload and reshuffle existing positions to allow for four key positions at city hall to once again be filled. 

On Monday the City Council will decide whether adding the positions – a projects and program manager, a junior engineer, a senior planner and a permit technician – that could help augment the current workload and manage things that are on the horizon is the right move to make.

A new director of administrative services position would be created – as would an assistant to the city manager – but both would be filled by current city staff members. An administrative assistant would also be reclassified according to the staff report.

Because the city saw three of their top staffers leave over the course of the last year – City Manager Cary Keaton, Finance Director Terri Vigna and a senior engineer – those salary savings, according to the proposal, would be used to fund the positions for the 2012/13 fiscal year. No additional funding would be requested.

Adding the positions and reshuffling others would enable the city to move forward with some of the projects that they already have in the works as well as be prepared for others that may be on the horizon. That includes public and private developments that would impact the community and require the additional manpower to handle the workload.

Next year the three positions, after reshuffling and reworking the current layout at city hall, would cost the city an additional $83,000 in staffing costs – on top of what has already been budgeted. But if everything goes according to plan the city would take in significantly more than that based on the amount of work that those three positions would actually perform.

A yearly model based on staffing costs would still be provided to the council when they start making budgetary decisions next year.

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