The Mexico City Council passed a resolution Monday night to enter into an agreement with Austin Peters Group Inc. for professional services for a comprehensive wage and benefit study. This study has an overall objective of keeping the city's total compensation plan market-competitive. The last wage and benefit study was authorized in April of 2008.

Roger Haynes deputy city manager, said they received four responses and two were selected for interviews: Austin Peters Group Inc. from Overland Park, Kansas and Springsted Inc., of St. Paul, Minnesota. Austin Peters Group was chosen with a fee service of $27,590. The fee service for Spingsgted was $31,320.

Council member Chris Williams asked if they looked at the community as a whole. Haynes said they did and they also looked at other government entities, as well as business in Mexico.

Two other resolutions were also passed by council Monday night.

In January 2016, council approved a contract for on-call engineering services with Bartlett & West Inc. The original contract provided the city three, one-year renewal options. This is the second option for renewal. Kensey Russell, public works director/city engineer, said the staff was satisfied with the work from Bartlett & West Inc. Council member Ron Loesch asked if there was change in the cost. Russell told council there was about a one percent change.

Council passed the resolution authorizing City Manager Bruce Slagle to execute an extension to the city's on-call engineering services agreement with Barlett & West Inc.

On September 25, 2017, the council approved a contract with Heggemann Inc. for the installation of aeration blowers at the wastewater plan for $110,754. The original completion date was scheduled for December 31, 2017. "During the installation of the blowers, two valves in the air distribution system were found to be defective," Russell said. The staff asked the council to pass a resolution authorizing Slagle to sign change order No. 1 with Heggermann Inc. The change order will be for the replacement and labor to install the valves along with high temperature gaskets. The cost of change order No. 1 is $11,147.95. The change order will also include additional time for completion and delivery time of the valves. The budget of the project was $500,000. To date $362,244 has been obligated, and this change order will not exceed the project budget. Council members passed teh resolution.

Mexico resident Kris Craddock addressed the council and asked them to look into the idea of creating an endless recess. Craddock said it is like a weight room, but outside. "I would like you to consider it," she said. She added she knew it wouldn't be in the budget for this year, but there are grants and other ways to finance it.