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# ,4 Page 4A NBNS Hays Free Press * December 10, 2014 City Manager: Kyle. officially hires new leader Continued from pg. 1A Sellers said in a phone in- terview. "The city manag- er also has the same level of accountability." Per Sellers' contract, the city council can opt to give Sellers a five percent increase in base salary should Sellers receive a 4 rating. Webster also said the city manager position wouldn't be eligible for cost of living adjustments (COLA) increases for which other city employ- ees may be eligible. "It's a progressive way to think about compen- sation," Webster said. "I expect him to perform. If he exceeds expectations, that will put him in the middle of the compensa- tion range." Sellers' contract also contains language regarding severance pay if council were to ever terminate the agreement. A"unilatera!. severance" package would include an amount equal to six months of pay from the current salary, plus vaca- tion and sick leave. After every year, Sellers will re- ceive an additional three months of pay to the six month calculation. That amount is not to exceed 12 months. However, five votes from council are neces- sary to allow for a unilat- eral severance package. In addition, language calls for both parties to forgo "disparaging comments or statements of each other." Kyle announced its selection of Sellers at the Nov. 18 regular city council meeting. He altmg with 45 other applicants, applied for the city manager post; the list was narrowed down to five fi- nalists on Nov. 10. The city council, which utilized the How does Kyle's city manager compensation stack up? CiTY New Braunfels Schertz Cedar Park Kyle Buda San Marcos Seguin SALARY $160 850 $161 320 $165 000 $165 000 $165 000 $172 515 $192 417 TOTAL COMPENSATION $172 682 $184 352 $183 032 $186 264 $187 658 $192 973 $226 081 assistance of search firm Strategic Government Re- sources, Interviewed the finalists during a special called meeting on Nov. 15. Sellers, who officially begins on Jan. 1, said in a statement that Kyle is "full of incredible opportuni- ties," and that the city is a "dynamic community" that supports the local government and busi- nesses. He said the city's loca- tion in an economically diverse area and its bur- geoning population were a few reasons for applying for the Kyle job. "I am very excited about coming to Kyle and working with great people," Sellers said. "I'm in the process of getting to know the people in Kyle... and taking any challenges that will arrive." Please Join .F’rr Our Holiday Thursday, December 11t" 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served Murky Waters Continued from pg. 1A But council and stake- holders forwarded con- cems over several drain- age issues in the basin. It included drainage structures that Barba said are not adequate for a one or two year storm. Other problems include channels clogging up with vegetation, adding to drainage problems. Kyle's consultant at the time said the city's im- provement ideas wouldn't mitigate all of Bufleson's drainage issues. The solution was to 10o1’ at the bigger picture, and identify which areas hold the highest priority. It extends to evalu- ating drainage ditches, including the main ditch that runs along Burleson to the railroad tracks. From there, Freese and Nichols would evaluate improvement options, implementation of those improvements and finally cost options. Barba said the process could take roughly three to six months. One area that will be fo- cused on is the area around" the Spring Branch subdivi- sion. With drainage issues occurring above and below the street, Barba said the study would take a harder look at the area. An additional problem area lies in a drainage ditch north of Star of Texas road and south of Salado Street in the Silverado subdivision. Jay Scanlon, project manager with Freese and Nichols, said on Dec. 2 that the ditch was "way undersized" and it covers less than a 2-year storm event. The drainage issues in Silverado, primarily in the "Jose Addition" are a concern forWilson, whose district encompasses the subdivision. Wilson said due to the elevated nature of S'flverado, rainwater often collects at the intersection of Burleson, flowing over the road. He said land, which was once farms, couldn't handle an excessive rain event. "When you have a farm that turns into a neigh- borhood and streets and impervious cover, water will flow quickly across more land, that's that issue," he said. ForW'flson, the study could allow for the city to request for grants to help improve drainage areas. It's something he said has been tried in the past. "This is our (council's) effort to do something about this in a very thoughtful and planned way," Wilson said. "Not to do a band aid, but a plan for improving drainage." 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