New Boston Village Council met in regular session Tuesday night when they discussed the possibility of pay raises for Village employees including those working within the police and fire departments as well as the dispatchers, village secretary, income tax director, custodian, seasonal employees, laborers, foremen and village administrator.
Councilman Jon Mills explained that the pay raises were recommended through the finance committee.
“This is not an ordinance,” he explained. “This is just a recommendation from the finance committee. Of course, we hope Council would accept the recommendation.”
Councilman Dan Fetty explained that though he is in favor of pay raises, he is not sure he thinks they should all be instituted across the board.
Rather, he explained that the police and fire departments are short staffed and in need of recruiting tools and could be used as the pilots with other departments increasing after seeing how much raises in police and fire impact the budget. The pay increase would see patrolmen and firefighters making up to $13.25 per hour, making the departments more competitive.
“You’re going at quite a bit of an increase,” Fetty stated. “Yes, I’m in agreement everyone needs a raise, but I would just like to see some black and white numbers.”
Mills was not in agreement, stating, “That wasn’t the recommendation of the board.”
Council voted with Mills. An ordinance altering the master pay ordinance will go for a first reading at the next meeting.
Mayor William Willams also announced at the meeting that Creative Possibilities is going out of business; meanwhile, he was able to confirm that Rural King is looking into the cost of building improvements for a vacant facility in the Village.
Village Administrator Steve Hamilton announced that New Boston is getting some Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that will be going to resurfacing and lighting of the walking trail in Millbrook Park in New Boston. Solid Rock Construction, of West Portsmouth, was awarded the resurfacing bid at $32,915, and McDaniel Electric was awarded the lighting at $13,957 for a total project bid of $46,872 — all of which is coming from grant funding.
Hamilton further announced that through Issue I funding — funding used to help local governments with paving and resurfacing — he hopes to have all of the road in New Boston paved within three years. The Village has already started paving projects and will choose specific locations based upon need.
New Boston Village Council meets at 6:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the New Boston Community Center on Rhodes Ave.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.