Council discusses using renewable power, new police department

Published: May. 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council listened to presentations Wednesday afternoon exploring the possibility of renewable power for Lubbock.

The two presentations specifically discussed sewage and landfills as two options that could be explored.

Presenters went over the different technologies that would be needed, costs to the city and whether or not it would be enough energy to warrant the cost. The sewage would power hundreds of homes and the landfill would power a few thousand.

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson said they would be used in addition to a new power plant in 2019, simply to help meet the city's power needs as it grows.

The council also listened to a presentation from the Citizen Advisory Committee, which was put together to look at what facilities the city needed as a part of a possible bond election. They discussed the police department and emergency operations center, both of which are currently in Municipal Square in downtown Lubbock.

They recommended a new police department be built, which they estimate would cost $60 million. The committee members said the current building has water fountains that don't work, a break room with no running water, structural damage, asbestos throughout the building and problems with backed up sewage.

They said the emergency operations center should be located at the Lubbock Fire Rescue training facility. Lubbock Fire Rescue already commands the EOC and the committee felt it would make strategic sense in case of an emergency.

The city council also listened to a report from the Management Advisory Group, regarding their compensation study of city employees.

In total, they studied 46 jobs and highlighted the police department in their presentation. They said the entry level positions with LPD are competitive to other comparable cities, but they say higher ranking positions are underpaid.

The city of Lubbock has more than 1,700 employees, and the study reported that more than 600 of them will have their salaries adjusted. The implementation of the adjustments is October 1, 2014, and is estimated to cost more than $2.8 million.

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