New pay scale approved for BNFD
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
•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.