By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Lafayette to review population forecast

On Thursday, March 14, Lafayette, which has been working on an urban growth boundary expansion plan, plans to update its planning documents with the new figures.

However, it must hold a public hearing first. The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 486 Third St., with the council’s regular business meeting to follow.

In other business, the council plans to:

* Vote on a resolution to allocate $25,000 to city hall maintenance, the work to include sealing, caulking and painting the building, installing new energy-efficient windows, repairing downspouts and installing new awnings.

* Vote on a request from City Administrator Preston Polasek to provide his assistant, Melanie Maben, with a 2.3 percent cost of living increase, effective July 1. That matches the 2.3 percent for union employees.

* Vote on a request from Polasek to modify his employment agreement to include a 1 percent merit increase, a 1 percent cost of living increase, an increase in severance pay from three months to four, coverage of his annual dues to the ICMA and, if sufficient funds are available next fiscal year, coverage of his attendance at the annual ICMA conference in Boston in September.

* Review an updated landscaping design proposal from C&D Landscaping that includes, at city council request, replacement of the stretch of sidewalk in front of city hall with pavers. The estimate is for $13,242.

* Review a revised proposal for development of a community garden on vacant land owned by the city. Councilors rejected an $8,500 version and asked advocates to return with something less ambitious. They will be looking at a plan limiting the cost to $3,250.

* Direct staff whether to proceed with proposed merger of the city’s fire department with the newly expanded Carlton Fire District.

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