Enid commissioners to present employees with proposal Tuesday during city meeting

By Robert Barron

Staff Writer

Enid city commissioners will present a non-uniformed employees benefit package during the city commission meeting Tuesday.

While refusing to accept an employee's union, city officials have worked to improve the benefits and working conditions of non-uniformed employees. The non-uniformed em-ployees are the only segment of city workers who are not unionized.

The package will be discussed at the study session prior to the meeting.

Terms of the package are not known, but the benefits will be discussed during the study session and are on the agenda for discussion.

Mayor Ernie Currier said in the recently approved budget City Manager Jerry Erwin was given discretion to increase salary and benefits for non-uniformed employees. The package on the agenda is Erwin's proposal.

"It's just a discussion item. The budget is already approved, Jerry can do it on his own," Currier said.

Commissioners also will discuss approving the contract with PEGASYS and freezing the amount cut at 70 percent. The PEGASYS contract has not yet been approved for the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

The commission has been considering 5 percent cuts in the public access television budget since it was proposed by former city manager Bill Gamble.

So far the station has been cut 70 percent. PEGASYS receives its funding from the franchise fee paid to the city by Cox Cable.

The PEGASYS board has not approved the city proposal and forwarded their own contract which set the cut at 70 percent.

The consideration Tuesday was requested by Ward 6 Commissioner Todd Ging and Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Johnston.

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