Council to consider contracts

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will consider the general employee contract and the police department union contract at Tuesday’s meeting. 

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the City & County Government Center. It will be followed by an executive session for purposes of discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. 

Mayor Keith Corbett said in an email Friday morning that the purpose of the executive session will be to discuss the three candidates for the city clerk position.

“Reference checks will be completed by the meeting. If the council comes to an agreement, we will make a public announcement. A background check will be completed,” Corbett said.


“Annually, the city and union leadership meet and confer to develop an agreed contract that guides its members and city relationships,” according to the attachment to the agenda available on the city’s website.

Teamsters Local Union No. 120 represents city general employees and the police department under the current contract. The existing agreement will expire Dec. 31, 2019. 

“The proposed agreement will cover 2020-2021 with a 2.25% increase in 2020 and only automatic opener of salaries for 2021. The recommended salary increase is contained within the 2020 budget within each department’s salary line item,” according to the attachment.

Public hearings

The council will have a public hearing and second reading on a conditional use permit for a proposed woodworking shop at 1010 Second St.

“The property is located along Second Street between Medary Avenue and 11th Avenue,” according to a memo by Mike Struck, director of Community Development. “There is a 720-square-foot shop in the rear yard with access via the alley. The property owner would like to use the shop for woodworking and sell the items periodically. The layout of the property allows for ample parking on-site and for the residence. 

“The property is located in a residential area, and the owner would like to use one of the detached shops for woodworking as well as hold several outdoor sales events per year to sell and showcase the items,” Struck’s memo said.

“The ordinance seeks to balance the ability of a homeowner to make and sell goods on a residential lot while preserving the residential character of the neighborhood. Staff recommends allowing five outdoor sales events, that are limited to two days each, per calendar year. By limiting the number and timeframe of outdoor sales events, the neighborhood will remain residential in nature,” according to Struck’s memo.

A second public hearing is set for amendments to Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances, pertaining to use of revenue.

“The City of Brookings operated previously with a five-year Capital Improvement Plan and five-year Community Reinvestment Plan. Staff recommends moving toward a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan that delineates expenditures and projected revenues,” according to an attachment.

“To streamline the document and budgeting practices, an ordinance change to Section 78-38 Use of Revenue is required. The recommendation would take the former 1⁄4 and 3⁄4 sales tax and establish a Capital Improvement Fund for improvements and investments based on City Council’s desires,” according to the attachment.

Another public hearing is set for an ordinance to appropriate money for necessary expenditures and liabilities of the city for the 2020 fiscal year and provide the annual tax levy and annual tax for all funds.

“The City of Brookings 2020 Budget is presented to the City Council and the public through a series of public discussions,” according to an attachment to the agenda.

“Policy and fee proposals will come before the City Council on Sept. 24 with a simple resolution. Overall, the proposed 2020 budget is $55,103,276 or 3.6% more than 2019,” according to the attachment.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]


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