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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The New Boston Village Council met in special session Friday morning to consider giving employees a one-time pay increase of $1,050 per full time employee, as recommended by the village finance committee.

“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.

Council approved the measure on Friday to be presented on an emergency basis at their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

“If the legislation passes on Tuesday, it will be done on an emergency basis so, it will go into effect as soon as it’s passed. They (employees) should be able to put their checks up before Thanksgiving,” Williams said.

He said this has been a common practice of the village for a number of years, even when it was only as little as $200.

“The last two years were at $1,000 and we upped it $50 this year to $1,050,” Williams said. “We (the village of New Boston) have 30 full-time employees, two part time employees and three what we call intermittent dispatchers.”

In total, the village will award $31,500 to full-time employees, $1,050 to part-time employees, and $630 to intermittent employees — $33,180 in all.

Also as the Friday morning meeting, council approved a measure to be presented on an emergency basis to spend $850 for the re-programing of emergency radios. The measure will bring village radios into compliance with a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirement on Jan. 1.

According to transition.fcc.org, “This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission’s rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license.”

This item will also be under consideration by the council as emergency legislation at its Tuesday meeting.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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