In Brief - Local News - Dec. 21, 2012

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By The Staff

Police union, city reach deal

The City Council and the Las Vegas Police Officers Association have signed off on a new contract.
City Manager Timothy Dodge said the contract calls for all police officers to receive their annual step increase in accordance with their current pay plan. Also, all but five officers will receive a 25 cent per hour raise.
The exception is five officers who are already making more than the current pay plan calls for. Dodge said those officers will get a 50 cent per hour pay increase since they won’t be getting the step increases.
The Council signed off on the contract last week, and the raises have already gone into effect.
Dodge said that on average, city police officers will see about a 3 percent pay increase under the contract that has been approved.
Chief Christian Montaño said a lot of time and effort went into negotiating the contract. He said they were able to reach an agreement that’s beneficial to the administration and the union.
Dodge said one of the conditions of the contract is that police work with the city administration in coming up with a pay pan that uses the same methodology used for other city workers. He said he thinks a pay study will show that Las Vegas police officers are underpaid.

Xtreme Builders awarded bid

The city public housing authority board voted unanimously Wednesday to award a contract for the fencing of the city’s Church Street housing units to Xtreme Builders Construction, the lowest bidder.
The measure was taken before the board last month, but the board postponed action because the housing authority failed to provide documentation on the bids.
At least one commissioner also raised concerns that the bid was submitted by Shawn Montoya, who is facing fraud, embezzlement, forgery and identity theft charges. Montoya is an employee of Extreme Builders but has no ownership interest in the company.
Both City Housing Director Robert Pacheco and City Manager Timothy Dodge recommended that Xtreme Builders get the contract, with Dodge saying he had looked into the bid and was satisfied with what he saw.
Dodge has said that Xtreme Builders’ bid came in at about $26,000, not including taxes, while two other bidders came in over $40,000.

Land Grant deeds site to city

The Las Vegas Land Grant Board of Trustees has signed over a quit claim deed to the city for the old landfill site.
The City Council voted Wednesday to accept the quit claim deed for the property, which is a little more than 41 acres.
City officials have said that acquiring the title to the property will make it easier for the city to move forward with a project to mitigate the possibility of groundwater contamination from the old landfill.

Scholarships available

Northern New Mexico students aiming to pursue four-year college degrees are eligible for tuition help ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
Scholarships will be announced in March. The deadline for applications is Jan. 22.
The fund, which has awarded $3.3 million since 1998, is administered by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Funding comes from donations by LANL employees, contractors and a matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
Awards are based on academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills and career goals. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also part of the selection process.
Eligible students must live in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, Sandoval or Mora counties. Requirements and applications are online at www.lanlfoundation.org.