MOUNT VERNON — City Council waived the three readings and passed four ordinances granting raises to city employees in line with those received by union employees in negotiations this year.
The measure increasing the pay of police and fire supervisors, department heads and the Safety/Service director are only for 2013, while the ordinances covering hourly non-union employees includes a second year with a 2.5 percent increase, also in line with union contracts.
Council also waived the three readings and passed a new agreement with the county for housing city prisoners at the county jail for 2013. The pact provides a 2 percent increase in the cost, which means the city will be paying about $318,154 for the year. The county had asked for a 3 percent increase, but agreed to 2 percent in talks with the city.
Two ordinances were passed authorizing the city auditor to transfer funds between accounts, including money to cover overtime and other costs incurred by the fire and police department during the June 29 storm, for which the city has applied for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Other transfers involve paying for fire hydrant repairs and paying some commercial tax reimbursements which are normal for this time of year.
Resolutions were passed confirming the mayor’s reappointment of Susan Hayes to a three-year term on the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee and of Kenneth Lane to a five-year term on the Recreation Board.
Also passed was a resolution authorizing the city to purchase the old Clark Station property at 820 Coshocton Avenue for $115,000 and a resolution granting an easement at 11 S. Mulberry St., where it has been discovered that the building encroaches into the street right of way by 2.5 feet. If the building is ever torn down, the easement will expire and any replacement will have to be within the correct property lines.
Councilman Mike Hillier noted that the agreement the city has with the Knox County Career Center to show council meetings over the Time Warner Cable system expires at the end of the year. He anticipates that the city will want to continue the arrangement, but he and several other council members asked to people to comment on whether it is worthwhile, as few comments have been heard, including none on whether anyone is watching the committee meetings.
People should send comments to council members’ email addresses or call the Clerk of Council at 393-9517.
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