NAPLES — Naples City Manager Bill Moss received rave reviews in his annual performance review Wednesday.
“(City Council) endorsed you 1,000 percent,” said Mayor Bill Barnett. “You have our unconditional support. Keep doing what you’re doing, you have our support.”
This is the third year in a row City Council has thrown their support behind Moss. Council members cited his work toward balancing the 2010 budget as part of the reason for top marks.
“It’s been a trying few years in the city,” said Councilman Sam Saad. “We’ve not only been able to survive, but in some instances thrive. I don’t think we could’ve done it with a lesser person.”
Moss has been employed with the city since December 2007 when he was tapped to replace then-City Manager Bob Lee.
Since taking the helm Moss has dealt with budget shortfalls and the decisions — like reductions in force, contract negotiations and cutting programs — that comes with them.
Councilwoman Dee Sulick said she was pleased with the way Moss has been able to “identify budget issues and creatively find” solutions. She, along with the rest of council, said Moss met or exceeded all expectations.
Moss has an annual base salary of $185,000, and last received a 5 percent salary increase in 2008.
Council members are not required to complete formal written reviews, but on Wednesday some council members said they had, or were in the process of, completing a written review.
All formal reviews become a part of the public record.
In other council news:
• City Council this morning voted unanimously to refinance about $18.5 million in debt. That decision will save the city about $300,000 a year, and came after City Council inquired about whether there were opportunities to refinance the debt. Low interest rates — the city was able to lock in a rate of 2.18 percent — pair with the city’s AAA bond rating made now a good time to refinance, city officials said.
• Amador’s Bistro Italiano, 2500 Ninth Street N., will be allowed to stay open until midnight and have live indoor entertainment. The restaurant can have no more than three entertainers performing from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant must be reviewed on or before May 1.
• City Council voted 6-1 to approve a contract with the union that represents its police force. The one-year contract will increase the numbers of hours officers and supervisors work each week, and will expire on Sept. 30, 2011. Union members currently work 82½ hours each 14-day pay period. The one-year contract will increase the number of hours worked to 84 hours in that same pay period. The hour and a half addition would represent a 2 percent increase in the annual take-home pay, but would still reflect an employee’s hourly salary.
• The Martin Luther King Jr. parade will take start at 11 a.m., Jan. 17. The parade — which council approved Wednesday — will follow a traditional parade route beginning at Broad Avenue South and Third Street South before making its way to Fifth Avenue South. The parade will end with a celebration at Cambier Park on Eighth Street South. The celebration will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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