Longmont is reportedly adding two city parks and open-air forest rangers next year, as part of a $ 389.55 million municipal government spending program that the city administration has proposed for next year. .
The two new rangers would spend much of their time in the popular Lake McIntosh Natural Area, northwest of Longmont, as well as other areas of the city’s 100-mile trail, its 41 other parks. and about 2,000 acres of city-owned open space, according to Parks and Natural Resources Director David Bell.
Bell said in an interview on Monday that the city expects there to be better compliance with city regulations for visiting and using McIntosh Lake when rangers are present.
According to memos to Longmont City Council, which is due to resume consideration of the proposed overall budget for 2022 on Tuesday evening, the two ranger positions “are necessary to support education and interpretation efforts at Lake McIntosh as well as in other places along the Green Way of Saint-Vrain and throughout the city.
Earlier this month, Bell said the city had agreed to hire additional park rangers to patrol Longmont’s greenways, parks and Lake McIntosh and Union Reservoir. This year, however, only one full-time and one part-time ranger were hired, but Bell hopes to employ more next year.
The two additional rangers would be part of the equivalent of 31 permanent positions that City Manager Harold Dominguez and staff recommended to add to Longmont’s list of full-time equivalent jobs in 2022 in the overall budget envisioned by council. municipal.
“The total salary and benefits for the additional 31 FTEs are $ 1,562,608,” Budget Officer Teresa Molloy said in an email Monday.
Molloy said an FTE, or full-time equivalent, is based on the total number of hours worked rather than the number of employees working those hours. One FTE equals 52 weeks at 40 hours per week, for a total of 2,080 hours per year.
“We only count the beneficiary positions in our number of FTEs. So a non-FTE would be temporary and part-time employees without benefits (PTNB), ”she said.
Some of the new positions proposed would replace positions that were once temporary and funded by grants for which grants expire.
The aggregate impact of any changes to full-time equivalent employees in the 2022 budget would bring the total number of positions budgeted by the City of Longmont to 1,042.76, staff said in a memo for the session. Tuesday night board study.
Among other positions, Dominguez and the municipal administration recommended adding to Longmont’s full-time payroll:
- An Elderly Services Advisor, a post staff wrote “is needed to help with an increasing case management workload in the Seniors Services. This will also free up staff to support LHA (Longmont Housing Authority) projects.
- A Librarian I at the Longmont Public Library, a position that staff say “will serve as a bilingual outreach coordinator.” It is needed for outreach activities with children and adults in the community and for translating materials for the library.
- A community police detective, a position that staff said “is needed to provide investigative support to detective staff” to respond to crimes against people. “He will be involved in maintaining the sex offender database, monitoring … pawn shops and assisting in the investigation of child abuse and trafficking cases.”
- Longmont Museum volunteer and evaluation coordinator, post staff member, said “is required to manage museum volunteer and intern programs, coordinate evaluation data to measure success, fulfill responsibilities ratio and continually improve access and equitable services ”.
- Half of a full-time equivalent post of water conservation specialist at the Ministry of Public Works and Natural Resources to “meet the increasing demands for services in the field of water conservation”.
- Half of a full-time equivalent position for a sustainability specialist to “respond to climate action priorities set by city council, such as greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting and modeling.”
- A customer service representative for the municipal NextLight broadband system, a staff member said “is needed to serve growing numbers of customers and growing programs.”
Lists of one-time expenses that staff also recommend including in the 2022 budget – purchases, programs, projects and services that are not expected to continue to cost similar amounts in 2023 and annual budgets after that.
One of these proposed one-time expenses would be $ 48,136 to purchase a boat and equipment for use by park wardens when monitoring activities at McIntosh Lake.
Others would cost $ 300,000 to replace a bomb police robot and $ 150,000 for a mobile computer lab for on-site forensic investigations.
If you are going to
What: Longmont municipal council study session
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Or: Civic Center Council Room, 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont
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