If a deal is reached, Blarney LLC, led by Richard Shindle, has six months to get the card room operating or find a new location to propose to the council before its city license expires.
“It sounds to me like you two need to work out a deal,” said City Councilman Gary Agopian.
Blarney LLC and Cianfichi are at odds over the condition of the building – the factor holding up the sale – while the city-issued license for the location is set to expire July 23 absent further action from the council.
A resolution to allow half of any unused health insurance funds given to elected officials to be put in deferred compensation was held over to the next meeting due to Mayor Jim Davis’ absence. Davis was dealing with the imminent death of his father.
Under that resolution, 50 percent of unused health insurance funds would go back into the city budget. According to the city’s Finance Department, the arrangement would save the city money because some officials carry health insurance through a spouse or other source.
The city is projected to face a $2.46 million deficit in 2013 and $4.9 million by 2014.
Elected officials currently receive health insurance benefits of $482.54 for one person, $873.84 for two people or $1,132.32 for a family per month. In addition to health benefits, council members receive a monthly $941.20 salary, a $350 car allowance and a $50 communications allowance. Davis as mayor receives a $450 car allowance and $100 communications allowance. The city clerk and city treasurer receive a monthly $350 car allowance.
The council has passed a resolution every year since 2009 to encourage elected officials in Antioch to agree to a cut in pay and automobile allowance, and have also waived 5 percent of their salaries in deferred compensation.
At the request of council members, city staff is looking into adjusting retirement benefits for council members, a plan to be discussed at future meetings. The resolution held to the next meeting would have mandated that all elected officials receive retirement benefits provided through Public Service Retirement Services unless already receiving benefits through the California Public Employees Retirement System or from the city.