Coun­cil to con­sider BNFD pay changes

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie

The Ben­ton City Coun­cil will con­sider an or­di­nance re­struc­tur­ing the wage scale for mem­bers of the Ben­ton Fire De­part­ment dur­ing their Mon­day evening meet­ing.

In or­der to re­main com­pet­i­tive in the job mar­ket, the al­der­men will con­sider a re­vised salary scale re­flect­ing wage in­creases for fire de­part­ment em­ploy­ees. If ap­proved, the changes will go into ef­fect on Nov. 1.

Fire de­part­ment train­ers and fire mar­shals work­ing 40 hours per week on an ex­empt ba­sis will have a start­ing salary of $62,051. Non-ex­empt fire­fight­ers work­ing 56 hours per week will have a start­ing salary of $36,009 while engi­neers will start at $47,014. Cap­tains will start at $54,302 and bat­tal­ion chiefs will start at $61,134. Cer­tifi­cate pay

will also be avail­able.

Fire­fight­ers are el­i­gi­ble for hol­i­day pay in ad­di­tion to base pay. De­gree pay will also be avail­able. Train­ers and fire mar­shals hold bat­tal­ion chief rank and salary is based on bat­tal­ion chief pay plus 1.5 per­cent.

Fire­fight­ers reg­u­larly sched­uled to work 56 hours per week who are tem­po­rar­ily moved to a 40-hour a

week will re­ceive their base pay plus 1.5 per­cent for the du­ra­tion of the tem­po­rary as­sign­ment.

The non-ex­empt salary for the BNFD Of­fice Man­ager po­si­tion will be­gin at $39,258.

Mayor Tom Farmer will is­sue a procla­ma­tion nam­ing Oct. 20-26 as “Friends of the Li­brary Week”. Ser­vice awards will be pre­sented to James Chit­wood and Linda Kreuser.

Other items on the agenda in­clude:

• An or­di­nance ac­cept­ing a do­na­tion from The Down­town Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion for artis­tic cross­walks in the his­toric district.

• An or­di­nance ac­cept­ing funds from the pro­ceeds of the sale of old cell phones and ipads.

• An or­di­nance pro­vid­ing a con­di­tional use per­mit for a hair sa­lon at 1313 Al­coa

Rd.

• An or­di­nance pro­vid­ing a con­di­tional use per­mit for a li­censed in-home day­care at 2414 Red Bud.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to en­ter into a con­tract with Burkhal­ter Tech­nolo­gies Inc. for the con­struc­tion of drainage im­prove­ments in the area of Prince­ton and Mont­clair streets.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to en­ter into a con­tract with Mc­neil Farms and Ex­ca­vat­ing, LLC for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Bridge­wa­ter cul­vert.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the mayor to en­ter into an agree­ment with METLIFE for pro­vid­ing long-term dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits and life in­sur­ance for cer­tain cur­rent and past city em­ploy­ees.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to en­ter into a con­tract with Fence World, Inc. for the con­struc­tion of fenc­ing at Bernard Hol­land Park.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to en­ter into a con­tract with Amer­i­can Build­ing Sys­tems for the con­struc­tion of bat­ting cages at Tyn­dall Park.

• An res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to en­ter into a con­tract with Am­putees Be­yond Life’s Ex­pec­ta­tions, Inc.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the is­suance and sale of pub­lic util­ity re­fund­ing rev­enue bonds to re­fund out­stand­ing bonds.

The pre-coun­cil agenda meet­ing will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. in the mayor’s con­fer­ence room with the coun­cil meet­ing set at 7 p.m. in the coun­cil cham­bers. The meet­ings will be held at the Ben­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex, lo­cated at 114 S. East Street.

All meet­ings are open to the pub­lic and at­ten­dance is en­cour­aged.

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