City discusses car allowance
Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the City Council meeting was postponed from its regular meeting night on Monday to Tuesday, after The Signal went to press.
Agenda items included consideration for a monthly car allowance for City Administrator Larry Paine.
Following his annual evaluation in July, the council agreed to provide Paine with a city-owned vehicle. At the Jan. 2 meeting when Paine's new contract was approved the council tabled the purchase of a $15,000 Ford Taurus, which would be owned by the city and used by Paine for business and personal use.
Instead the council asked Paine to provide a cost comparison for a monthly car allowance. The allowance would allow Paine to purchase his own vehicle.
"Based on advice I received from my colleagues, a car allowance will be better for the city," Paine said. "Any personal use, like stopping at the grocery store on the way home, tends to generate comments. As a privately owned vehicle, no one should care."
Paine said a monthly car allowance would roughly be the same amount as the city purchasing a vehicle. Paine said a $460 monthly car allowance is being recommended for the purchase of a 2001 Ford Taurus. Paine would be responsible for paying the cost of insurance, licensing and maintenance.
And as long as he travels on city business in Douglas, Franklin, Shawnee, Johnson and Wyondotte counties, Paine would not charge the city for mileage. He would be reimbursed for travel outside those counties.
Also on the agenda, was a discussion about the financing of electrical improvements during fiscal year 2001. The planned projects include rebuilding the turbochargers on two engines at the power plant and replacing transformers on the east side of town.