City Manager Nick Hernandez will see a boost in his pay for added duties in the wake of the resignation of Public Works Director Eric Broce.

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously Tuesday night to give Hernandez additional compensation based on the additional Public Works duties that he will be taking over temporarily, starting this week.

Hernandez’s annual salary currently is approximately $110,000.

The additional compensation is an additional $636 per pay period, plus compensation for KPERS and other associated burdens.

This could add up to an additional $16,536 of pay if Hernandez retains the additional duties for a full year.

Building Trades Board

The commission also reappointed Chris Rains to serve on the city’s Building Trades Advisory Board to fill a three-year at-large term.

The commission recently reorganized this board, setting aside three at-large seats of the available nine for potential layman board members.

Previously, the board consisted of two electricians, plumbers, mechanical specialists and general contractors, plus a layman familiar with city building regulations, all serving two-year terms. The board now seats two electricians, plumbers and mechanical specialists, plus three at large.

These citizens appointed at large can be anyone from a general contractor to an individual with no formal training in any building trade.

The vote to appoint Rains was split, with two dissenting votes cast by Commissioners Kanyon Gingher and Jay Warren.

Both were concerned that the board still would be filled with contractors for the next year — the only layman who applied for the board did not respond to inquiries to see if he still was interested in appointment. Gingher and Warren wanted to leave the seat open longer to advertise it.

In other business, the commission:

  • unanimously approved an amended agenda that included an additional proclamation.
  • witnessed Mayor Dan Jurkovich issue proclamations designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, March 6 as Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Day and March 12-16 as National Wildlife Week, and March 4-10 as Flood Safety Awareness Week.
  • heard concerns from citizen Mell Kuhn regarding the potential transfer of certain Arkansas City parks into the city Land Bank program. Hernandez advised Kuhn to attend an upcoming town hall meeting at 7 p.m. March 15 to make his thoughts known during a hearing.
  • unanimously approved an ordinance approving the final plat of Compass Point Addition.
  • unanimously approved an ordinance amending job titles by changing “Water Treatment Plant” to “Water Treatment Facility.”
  • unanimously approved a resolution canceling the March 20 regular meeting and scheduling a study session to discuss the Governing Body Handbook at noon March 29 in the commission room at City Hall, located at 118 W. Central Ave.
  • unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into change order agreement with Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc. regarding the Water Treatment Facility improvements, for an amount not to exceed $95,041.