NB Council passes one-time pay increase

November 21, 2012

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

Members of New Boston Village Council voted unanimously during their regular meeting Tuesday to award village employees a one-time pay increase.

The village has awarded a one-time pay increase for employees each year, and council met in special session last week to discuss this year’s increase. During that meeting, the village finance committee recommended awarding this year’s increase and the measure was brought before village council for consideration Tuesday.

“The committee reviewed the first 10 months of the year and concluded that finances were such that a one-time pay increase was warranted. The committee recommends that full-time employees receive $1,050 and part-time employees receive 50 percent while intermittent employees receive 20 percent of the $1,050. Also, employees who were hired in 2012 should have their pay increase amount pro-rated to number of months worked,” said finance committee chairman and council member Junior Williams.

Before considering the option, the ordinance was amended to pro-rate the increase for the number of weeks the employee actually worked — $20.19 each week. The ordinance was also amended to include employees who are currently on worker’s compensation leave, and they will be paid only for the number of weeks they actually worked.

Council suspended the three-readings rule and unanimously passed the increase as an emergency item.

Council also received communications from the New Boston School District, informing the village that they have moved into their new school building on Lakeview Avenue and asking council to name the new road paved between the school and stadium. The school asked for the road to be named Glenwood Tiger Trail, and their new address would then be 1 Glenwood Tiger Trail.

Village Solicitor Walter Lytten, appearing in his final council meeting before he will resign on Nov. 30, advised council that the new road is privately owned by the school, and as such the council has no authority to name it anything. The school, he said, can call it whatever they want and it is up to the school to register the road with the U.S. Post Office.

Before discussing new business, council adjourned for an executive session for the purpose of reviewing applicants for village solicitor. Nobody was hired when council returned to open meeting, and council has scheduled a special meeting Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss hiring of personnel.

The New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Vern Riffe Community Center on Rhodes Avenue. The next regular meeting of New Boston Village Council is Dec. 4.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@heartlandpublications.com.