Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
New Middletown council gives raises to noncontract employees
NEW MIDDLETOWN Village council unanimously gave 3 percent raises Monday to noncontract village employees.
These include part-time police officers, street department workers and the village secretary. Current wages are $10.30 to $11.30 hourly for police, $8.95 for street department workers and $9.44 hourly for the village secretary.
Council also heard Fire Chief William Opsitnik ask that pay for firefighters be increased. This is the first year in which volunteer firefighters in the village are being paid for answering calls and attending training. They receive $5 per training session and $8 per call. Opsitnik asked that the $5 for training be increased to $10, and the $8 for responding to calls be raised to $10.
Opsitnik said the total compensation for the department for 2007 amounts to $3,333 and that only one firefighter's total exceeded the $480 cap that council put on annual compensation. Council had set the pay lower than the firefighters wanted because of budgetary concerns. One estimate at the time was that if every firefighter showed up for every call, it could cost the village more than $21,000 annually.
Council took no action Monday on the request.
Also Monday, Dave Bakalar of Thomas Fok & Associates, the village's engineering firm, provided council with the list of streets to be paved in 2008. They include Jeffrey and Linford Lanes, Ohlin and Warner Drives, and the alley alongside Welker Park. Bids are expected to be advertised for the work in January.
Council also agreed to apply for a $26,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant for a walking path in Welker Park.