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Council sets evaluations

Published 9:19pm Monday, February 3, 2014

Suffolk City Council is set to conduct performance evaluations of its four appointees during its Wednesday work session.

Raises could follow the closed-session evaluations. In January last year, City Council gave City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn a 14-percent raise to $178,000 after adding a performance evaluation for her to its agenda at the last minute.

In addition to the city manager, City Attorney Helivi Holland, City Assessor Jean Jackson and City Clerk Erika Dawley are appointed directly by the council, which is the only body that can raise their salaries.

Also on the agenda, in the open portion of the work session, is a presentation on the capital improvements plan, which was approved by the Planning Commission last month. It includes $59 million in expenditures during the upcoming fiscal year, including $18 million for an operations maintenance facility, $10 million for the Holland Road widening project, $2 million to purchase land in North Suffolk for a combined elementary and middle school campus, $2 million for a feasibility study on the potential for a higher education component in the new library, $1.5 million for the Bennett’s Creek Recreation Center, $1.3 million for the police administration building expansion, and more.

The majority of the spending is expected to be financed through debt. The full 10-year plan totals $693.6 million.

In Wednesday’s regular session, City Council members will consider an amendment to the construction contract for a building to store police equipment. The amendment is needed because a variety of changes exceeded the original contract amount by 46 percent.

According to the agenda, the city decided to upgrade to a brick veneer façade on the building, located behind Precinct 2 on Bridge Road, when the contract came in well under budget. However, that change along with additional tree removals, a driveway, an additional water service line and other changes added up to more than $163,000.

Funding for the changes still is available in the project budget, according to the agenda.

The sessions will be held at City Council chambers, 441 Market St. The work session begins at 4 p.m., and the regular session begins at 7 p.m.

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  • stown23437

    Each of you are just habitual complainers that do not contribute a solid solution besides rebel rousing.

    We need to meet concerns with equal respect and grace to effect change. If change is what you want, going to Council and acting like a lunatic or hiding behind the keys of a message board won’t solve the problem. Each time you speak, think of a positive solution without adding negativity to the statement. It is a GREAT life lesson to attempt to apply.

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    • Savannah

      Hiya stown23437, so nice to meet you! Funny you come here talking about respect but your “opening line”, so to speak is an insult to all the forum users. Ironic even.

      You know what’s odd about an internet reply forum? You hit reply to people who post on it.. and type using your keyboard.. from your home! I’m not sure that’s considered hiding. That’s where I keep my computer. It’s a desktop system with a 22″ monitor. I’m not sneaking around at Starbucks with it.

      Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve read, there have been a few meetings about this the public has been “invited” to. However, they were greeted with quite the dismissive, nasty attitude by council members, and in the end, the “final” decision was done behind closed doors in “secret” anyway. Check the link to the story I noted below.

      Yes, we can vote them out, and when it’s time, I certainly plan to. For every attempt to change leadership here in Suffolk, I’m there to cast my vote, from Sheriff to Mayor to whomever else I feel isn’t doing the job I’d like to see done.

      Oh, and FWIW, I’m not one of those people at meetings screaming and yelling, but even if I were, the way council is acting, they deserve to be yelled at.

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      • stown23437

        That response was great! The previous statements such as “passes the popcorn” make someone who is interested in learning the actual spell out of how things go in Suffolk via anothers’ perspective harder to understand.

        Thanks for giving some depth! :-)

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      • Savannah

        It’s just a little humor to bring a smile someones way. Obviously, no one is passing anyone anything on the web.

        The info about the issue we were all commenting on was there in the link I’d provided before you’d posted, and it’s always there using Google, or, even easier, the search function at the top right corner of the SNH site you’re on right now. :)

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    • thekytikat

      Stown – I busted my rear for over a year with the Suffolk HRTP. I made it known where anyone could find me every other tuesday. I am one of the few who have given my real name in this forum – Lorraine Yuriar. I am not hiding.

      I have proposed ideas. It was my ideas – which I & others in the tea party brought before the city council last year which caused council to postpone the library project last year. It was my ideas – which I and other tea party members brought to council last year that got the city to look into shared services with the school system. I also proposed several steps the city could take to save money without raising our taxes. Go watch the city council archives from last year around January-May. You will see me there repeatedly. Also, I handled the recording for Suffolk HRTP – and we had the ONLY recording of the budget meeting the city held in the Hilton.

      After running non-stop on these issues for over a year, and working to help Jen Pond, I was burnt out. My husband requested I take a break from politics, so I did. This is what happened when I let up. No one else stepped up to pick up the fight.

      Talk about frustrating. Here’s hoping we will get some good candidates for the 2014 council elections. I’ve heard rumors of several I would LOVE to see run for council, and some I would love to see take a seat and let others try.

      The true power base in Suffolk is Cuffe-Glenn, Mayor Johnson, and Charles Parr. Gardy & Brown are in the inner circle as well. If we can replace Parr, Brown, & Gardy with GOOD people who will actually care about us, and be the check & balance the council is supposed to be for Ms. Cuffee-Glenn — then maybe we will see things change in Suffolk.

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  • Roger Leonard

    Just what we need, another raise for the most incompetent City Manager we have ever had in Suffolk…. LOL!!!

    Why pay more, when we get so little? I can only hope there is some sanity to this decission and process, not the inside plitics, loaded with a pre-determined outcome we have seen s often in the past…

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  • Wiseoldowl

    Something can be done about this. Vote them out.

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  • Savannah

    Hey, SNH, just dug this article up that was done by your fine staff last January:

    Contemptuous and irresponsible.

    Perhaps it’s time to highlight it again.

    If not, it’s a good read for those who missed it the first time, so clicky that link! :)

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  • thekytikat

    Just watch. This is where cuffee-glenn gets her next 7% raise to equal the 21% she tried to pass a few years back.

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    • Savannah

      /watches and passes popcorn

      I bet you’re 100% correct on this one.

      How is this just allowed to go on? I don’t get it. Don’t people want change??

      I know if I want to see someone rolling their eyes and texting during serious conversation, I can get that on any episode of the Real Housewives on Bravo. I surely don’t expect to see it from any City Council meetings.. just saying..

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