City approves 3 percent raise

By Nikki Blankenship -

Portsmouth City Council met in regular session Monday night when they voted to pass two ordinances and a resolution that will give a three percent increase to all American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1039 employed by the City.

The first item passed was an ordinance authorizing the vacation of an alley for the expansion of the Speedway located on Gallia Street. The second ordinance would authorize the City to amend zoning for four parcels, changing designation from residential to business.

The properties are located at 1224 Kendall Ave. (owned by Craig Kilgore), 1222 Kendall Ave. (owned by George and Brenda Crumm) Kendall Ave., 1218 Kendall Ave. (owned by Melinda Price) and 0 Kendall Ave. (owned by Phillip, Duane and Danny Kilgore).

The resolution giving City employees a three percent increase in pay came about in the City Manager’s packet for July 10. It was presented to Council for a first reading, but waved the three reading rule and passed the resolution Monday night.

“Following the ratification of the AFSCME 1039 contract, by resolution at the last City Council meeting, another resolution must be adopted in order to effectuate the pension pickup authorized,” information from the City Auditor’s Office stated. “Under OPERS rules, in order to implement or modify a pick-up plan, the employer must submit the pick-up plan in the form of an ordinance or resolution stating the terns, rates, and implementation dates of the plan prior to its implementation.”

Due to regulations of both OPERS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Solicitor John Haas asked that Council pass the resolution immediately.

Portsmouth City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month in Council Chambers, located on the Second Floor of the Municipal Courthouse on Second Street in Portsmouth.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.