OAKLEY -- Council members on Tuesday gave City Manager Bryan Montgomery a raise following his performance evaluation.

The 4-0 vote on the consent calendar item boosts Montgomery's annual salary from $190,700 to $200,000, a 5.8 percent increase that other city employees also have received.

The action, which is retroactive to July 1, restores what Montgomery previously had been earning before taking a $9,230 cut in pay in March 2009, when the city instituted furloughs of city employees. The city eliminated the furloughs in May.

In addition, the city manager will receive an additional $4,420 in annual benefits: $35 more per month for his health insurance premium and $4,000 more toward his pension. The latter represents an additional 2 percent of what the city already is paying for Montgomery's -- and all other employees' -- share of the retirement benefit.

Montgomery was working under a contract with a finite term when he joined the city in December 2005, but it was extended indefinitely four years ago.

Council members also voted unanimously to extend a lease agreement with the Oakley Senior Citizens group from three years to 10 years for a former fire station on Second Street that allows the nonprofit to pay a monthly token of $1 to lease the building for meetings and recreational activities through June 14, 2015. Discussions regarding a new lease rate for June 15, 2015 through June 14, 2023 will occur in February 2015. Under the old lease agreement, the monthly rent would have increased to $500 from June 15, 2015 through June 14, 2016.


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Council members agreed to the amended lease agreement after the nonprofit indicated that a lease agreement of at least 10 years would make it easier to make plans and do the needed improvements in the building. The nonprofit also asked the city to help it raise funds for the improvements through a matching funds program.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.