New pay scale ap­proved for BNFD

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­ton­courier.com By Dana Guthrie

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

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

“We would like to thank you for tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion,” said Ben­ton Fire­fighter Stu­art Duke.

Ac­cord­ing to Duke, with the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the depart­ment, this new pay scale bet­ter rep­re­sents and re­wards those who have worked in the depart­ment and have been pro­moted through the ranks.

“It’s a base of a 1-per­cent in­crease,” Stu­art said. “It’s more of an ad­just­ment to the scale to give us kind of an eas­ier way and a smarter way to move peo­ple for­ward.”

Fire depart­ment train­ers and fire mar­shals work­ing 40 hours per week on an ex­empt ba­sis will have a start­ing salary of $62,051. Nonex­empt 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 nonex­empt salary for the BNFD of­fice man­ager po­si­tion will be­gin at $39,258.

Other items ap­proved on the agenda in­cluded:

•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.

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

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