The increase, according to the Ormond Beach City Commission, is long overdue.
BY WAYNE GRANT | STAFF WRITER
The Ormond Beach City Commission approved Tuesday a 4% salary increase for City Attorney Randy Hayes and City Manager Joyce Shanahan, in its 2013-2014 proposed budget. The budget will be reviewed and approved in September.
Shanahan currently earns $133,000 and Hayes earns $109,147.
Commissioners had initially asked city staff to add the raises to the budget at a workshop last July, where they praised the work of the two employees.
“We couldn’t pay them what they are worth,” Mayor Ed Kelley said at the workshop.
Commissioner Troy Kent said he had never heard a negative word about Shanahan.
“This is long overdue,” he said. “Only the city manager and Randy have not received raises.”
Shanahan has not received a raise in the four years she has worked for the city. Hayes did not receive a raise of 1.5%, which all other professional staff received in 2012.
Kelley said 4% seemed like a reasonable raise for Shanahan after four years.
“We are where we are because of Joyce’s leadership and Randy keeping us straight,” the mayor said at the workshop.
In other business, the city gave final approval to the annexation of several properties including land the U.S Post Office occupies on Williamson Boulevard.
Also annexed was the Tire Kingdom store and San Marco apartments, both on Williamson.
The city also annexed about 14.5 acres on Granada Boulevard east of Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. The owner of the property requested annexation so he could connect to water and sewer for a commercial development.
Acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency for the City, the commission also gave the go-ahead for Bomar Construction Inc. to renovate the fishing pier at Cassen Park, as well as replace the decorative pedestrian guardrail under the east and west ends of the Granada Bridge at a cost of $170,295.
Last year, approximately 50% of the pier was renovated by replacing the wooden decking and repairing both handrails along the northern section from Bailey Riverbridge Gardens to the gazebo and the two sections that run parallel with the shore. The new project will include renovation of the southern section that connects to Cassen Park and complete all decking and handrail renovations to the fishing pier.