SYRACUSE — Syracuse Village Council members discussed employee pay increases for the new year at their most recent meeting.
Fiscal Officer Crystal Cottrill presented the Board of Public Affairs recommendations for pay increases to the council. Councilwoman Rhonda Rathburn made a motion to approve one time pay increases of $200 after taxes to Cottrill and Street Superintendent Dustin Butcher and the council agreed. Rathburn made a motion to approve one time payments of $200 to Hoffman and $300 to water operator John Holman and the council agreed. Rathburn made a motion to approve a $1 per hour pay increase to Cottrill and Butcher for regular water hours and council agreed.
Finance committee recommendations for one time pay increases were then discussed. Rathburn made a motion to give Cottrill a one time pay increase of $180 after taxes to compensate for cell phone usage and the council agreed. Rathburn made a motion to give a one time pay increase to Police Chief Mony Wood of $200 after taxes and $100 to Police Sergeant Michael Oliver. However, Wood recommended splitting the pay increase. Rathburn amended her appropriations to $150 each after taxes and the council agreed. Council member Eber Pickens made a motion to give Cottrill and Butcher a 2 percent pay increase annually with a 0.5 percent performance at will pay increase to be decided upon by council starting Jan. 1 and the council agreed.
Council member Debbie Clay made a motion to convert the $5,000 advance to a transfer from the general fund to the police fund and the council agreed. Clay made a motion to amend appropriations for the 2017 police levy fund to an increase of $1,000 and the council agreed. Police hours were increased with the agreement that the general fund will begin paying police hours when permanent appropriations are passed.
Grants administrator Fred Hoffman gave an update on the Abandoned Gas Station project and there is one spot of contamination which needs remedial action if the state approves. Hoffman presented the rest of his report and Rathburn made a motion to approve the submission of the Board of Public Affairs projects for Small Government funding and the council agreed.
Mayor Eric Cunningham asked the council if it would authorize Hoffman to apply for a natural gas generator through the Emergency Response Infrastructure portion of State Bond Funding. Rathburn made a motion to do so and the council agreed.
Rathburn made a motion to pass Temporary Appropriations for 2018 with the changes as discussed and passed in this meeting and council agreed.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.