By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sheridan renews city manager contract

Sheridan also received a 2 percent pay raise -- $1,747 -- that makes his annual salary $89,143. He received no raise in 2013, a 1.75 percent hike in 2014 and a 2 percent increase earlier this year.

The council approved the renewal on a 4-0 vote, with Val Adamson and Sue Cain not attending.

Sheridan came to the West Valley community in January 2005 from Cass City, Michigan, north of Detroit. He replaced Mike Sauerwein, who resigned to take an administrative position with the city of Sammamish, Washington. He has left that position.

“I was ready to bed down here for awhile,” Sheridan said. “I looked at the city as a place where I could stay for a while. The longer you stay the harder it is to leave. You get to know the city. You’re more invested. Kent Taylor (former McMinnville city manager) understood the community.”

Sheridan had lived in Gresham at one time and went to graduate school at Portland State University, so a return to Oregon when he left Michigan felt comfortable.

In other news, the council approved sewer and water rate increases that will go into effect immediately.

Sewer fees are based upon an individual unit. A household’s sewer rate will increase $1.25 a month -- 3.21 percent. Since 2003, the individual unit has increased by an average of 60 cents each year.

The city is facing about $13 million in repairs and improvements to the waste water system within the next six or seven years.

Water usage is based on actual consumption and is billed in hundreds of cubic feet. The increase changes the rate from $6.52 per 100 cubic feet to $6.76, a 24 cent hike.

The current rate is $9.02 per thousand gallons. The increase of 3.61 percent is an increase of 33 cents per thousand gallons. The most recent water rate increase was approved last December.

The council will meet next at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. 

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