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Council supports their manager

  • Written by David B. Clark

The City Council stands unanimously behind Woodinville City Manager Brandon Buchanan. The council met last Tuesday, April 3 for their first regular meeting in the month of April. The council was very vocal about their positive experiences at Woodinville’s 25th birthday party, sharing their own personal experiences as well as those of excited and joyous residents who came out to lend their artistic talents. “Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday. We had over 200 people come out to our official 25th birthday,” exclaimed Buchanan.

Fittingly enough, the council’s first business item was approval of the City Manager Employment Agreement Addendum. Mr. Buchanan’s employment anniversary was March 1, 2018. The city manager’s employment agreement states that he will be evaluated annually by the council. The City Council met twice: March 6 and March 20 to proceed with Mr. Buchanan’s annual performance review. Based on a favorable review, Mr. Buchanan was eligible for a salary increase.

Council member Boundy-Sanders made an amendment to this motion but only to increase Mr. Buchanan’s salary by 6 percent rather than the proposed 5 percent. “This is still quite modest and frugal but still getting closer to the degree that I want to give Mr. Buchanan the incentive to stay and I hope that the rest of the council will agree to the increase in that modest compensation.”

Paula Watters was the first to made her support officially known before the rest of the council including Mayor Bernie Talmas unanimously approved this salary increase.

City Manager Buchanan smiled and then said, “Compensation is just a small piece. I’m just having too much fun so I’m not going anywhere soon.”

City Council was also advised by Buchanan to authorize an increase of $30,000 to the contract with Perteet, Inc. of Everett, Wash. for On-Call Planning and Environmental Services. The reasoning for this increase was due to half of the initial $20,000 allotted to Perteet, Inc. of Everett back in August of 2017 had already been used. This increase would provide planning for environmental, landscape, tree, surveying, and site plan reviews in addition to inspection services on an on-call basis. Buchanan explained this expenditure’s necessity by sharing that the department’s two planners would be unable to complete the mountain of work asked of them under the state-mandated 120-day deadline. The council unanimously passed this increase.

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