Raises for Denton city executives, etc.

It’s been a busy week in the newsroom. We planned a three-day run at the beginning of the week for our series on payday, title and other short-term lenders. But, as our regular readers have seen in the days since, we’ve dedicated just about as much ink to follow-up stories. Whew.

As a result, some of the other news from this week’s council meeting got buried. We thought you’d want to know that 2 percent raises for the city’s top three executives were approved this week. And some other stuff. The council met from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Whew, again.

Here’s a summary of the other action from Tuesday.
- Increased the base pay for three executive employees by 2 percent: City Manager George Campbell to $231,551.42, City Attorney Anita Burgess, to $202,336.99, and Municipal Judge Robin Ramsay, to $114,324.38
- Created a capital improvements advisory committee of the Planning and Zoning Commission plus an ad hoc member from the city’s water and wastewater extra-territorial jurisdiction
- Tabled consideration of permit for Denton Municipal Electric to build a substation at Audra Lane and Loop 288 until April 2
- Accepted a donation of land near Lively and Seaborn Roads from the Robson Ranch developer for a future elevated water storage tank
- Awarded $3.4 million contract to North Texas Contracting for utility relocations along U.S. Highway 380
- Authorized purchase of two robots for bomb detection using a Homeland Security grant of $173,886
- Awarded $484,105 contract to Dickerson Construction Co. for water and wastewater improvements at Morse and Alexander Streets
- Extended its lease for land purchased near the Denton Airport to allow the previous landowner more time to relocate a horse ranch