Baker City Manager Fred Warner Jr.’s proposal to retire from the state’s retirement system and then be rehired on a one-year contract remains just that — a proposal.
The City Council took no action Tuesday on Warner’s offer.
Instead, councilors scheduled a work session for Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.
Warner’s proposal is to retire Dec. 31 from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Under state law he could continue to work in the same position while he starts receiving pension payments.
A proposed contract included in councilors’ packets Tuesday called for a one-year contract that would continue Warner’s current annual salary of $101,959.
The city would save an estimated $6,000 in PERS contributions it would not have to make after he retires.
Councilor Doni Bruland suggested scheduling a work session on the topic, and the other councilors agreed.
In other business Tuesday, councilors postponed action on a proposed amendment to the city’s truancy ordinance.
Police Chief Ray Duman said the Baker County Justice Court and Baker County Juvenile Department requested the amendment, which would allow the Justice Court judge to fine juveniles cited for being truant.
Now, the judge can fine only parents or guardians of children who are truant.
Councilors want to meet with officials from the Juvenile Department before deciding whether to change the ordinance.
Warner said the city will suggest language allowing the judge to impose community service on juveniles in place of a monetary fine.
“When I discussed this with the mayor, we talked about should we add language; $100 for the first conviction or some other sanction that the judge would impose and we can put that down on all three,” Warner said. “The impression that I didn’t want to have is that this was just monetary. I mean we’re trying to get the kids in compliance.”
Also on Tuesday:
• The council approved ordinance 3848, which gives the city the authority to conduct criminal background checks for prospective city employees, taxi drivers and certain volunteer positions.
Duman said an audit conducted in July showed that the city, because it lacks such an ordinance, is out of compliance with the Oregon State Police/Law Enforcement Data System.
• Councilors awarded a bid for $186,339 to Michels Corporation of Salem for a Cured In Place Pipe project.
The city has used this process for the past decade. The contractor, rather than digging up and replacing sewer or stormwater pipes, installs a liner.
This year’s project includes 2,879 lineal feet of lining including along Hillcrest Drive, Seventh Street, Grove Street, and six alley and backyard line sections.