The big ticket item, however, would be in the Water Department. Which is not too surprising. That is the one department that always seems to have its hand out for something, no matter what the occasion may be. Here is how that cost is detailed in the staff report (link):
At a time when the City of Sierra Madre is supposed to be contemplating spending less money due to the sunsetting of the UUT, which is something approved by the voters twice, this seems like an excessive request. After all, it was only two meetings ago that our man Bruce Inman was asking for a nice chunk of cash to hire another consultant.
Then, at the recent City Council Special Meeting, Bruce wanted a similar sum to hire a company to fix a situation that involved some possibly defective work by a water related contractor. Sadly, he wanted to hire the same company that did the original work, and could quite possibly be the responsible party for the problem.
So why does Bruce Inman want to free up some cash and hire someone new in this department? Here is the justification.
It will be interesting to see if this proposal from Bruce flies. It will also give you some keen insight into the thinking of the City Council in regards to the UUT issue. If this one is approved, it means the City Council is not too worried about money, and willing to spend more than it is actually required to do for Water Department staffing.
Which could very well mean that the City Council believes it can get a UUT increase ballot measure passed and doesn't have to sweat such any additional and costly per employee dollar expenditures.
In other words, business as usual.