BENICIA -- The City Council has unanimously approved boosting City Manager Brad Kilger's housing allowance to $2,000 per month.

The council voted Tuesday to restore Kilger's housing stipend to its original level when he was hired in November 2010. His housing allowance had decreased to $1,000 per month under his original employment agreement with the city.

Kilger's primary residence is in Modesto, but he rents an apartment in Benicia to avoid commutes.

His base salary last year was $183,239, according to the city's employee compensation report for 2012.

In other action, the council unanimously adopted a resolution of support for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

The project, which is moving forward at the regional level, involves creating a network of launch and landing sites around the bay -- including in Martinez, Benicia and Vallejo -- for small boaters and watercraft users.

It would include navigational and safety tools for recreational boaters, organizers say.

The resolution was approved despite concerns by Benicia port operator Amports attorney Dana Dean about small boats crossing shipping lanes in the Carquinez Strait. Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, herself an avid sailor, said there would be time to address those concerns as the project proceeds.

Also, the council unanimously adopted a resolution to work with Solano County transportation planners on a transportation plan for the industrial park.


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The project is tied to the park's designation as a "priority development area" in Plan Bay Area, a state-mandated plan adopted last July by regional transportation officials.

The plan's overarching goal is to bring housing to where jobs are; however, Benicia lobbied to compete for funding under the plan to improve its employment center, arguing Solano County already has ample housing.