Rossford city leaders may get raises
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:59
ROSSFORD - Two groups of city leaders who haven't gotten raises in a long while may soon be seeing more money in their paychecks.
Two resolutions were introduced at Monday's Rossford City Council meeting.
One would hike city council pay for the first time in 20 years, according to Law Director Kevin Heban.
Members of council now are paid $250 a month. The proposal, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, would increase that to $600.
The move was prompted by changes in the Ohio Pubic Employees Retirement System. A change in how people qualify for a pension is hiking the amount a worker must make to be eligible to receive one full year's work credit. The minimum is $600 a month.
Heban said the impact of the change is still being looked at. Since there are restrictions about members of council voting themselves pay increases, Heban said it is uncertain who this would apply to.
Among the questions is whether a member of council who is re-elected would then get the higher pay.
Another resolution would grant pay increases to department heads.
City Administrator Ed Ciecka said that the raises vary by position, but are generally in line with the 3-percent pay increases last given to city employees.
His increase, he said, was one of the smaller while the finance director is getting a larger raise.
The pay was determined in part by comparing what officials in those positions in neighboring communities were being compensated, and Finance Director Karen Freeman's pay was particularly out of line.
The salaries proposed are: city administrator, $69,500; superintendent, public works, $56,680; finance director, $60,008; fire chief, $62,088; police chief, $62,088; assistant fire chief, $17.95 an hour; and parks and recreation director, $48,048.
The directors have not received pay increases since 2009.
In other action, an ordinance was introduced to help the city deal with nuisance property.
Ciecka said the current policy calls for a long process before the city can go onto a property, remedy the problems and then charge the owner by placing the cost on the tax bill.
The new policy would allow for property owners who want to address the situation, but don't have the funds, to short-circuit the procedure and allow the city to act sooner. The expense would then be put on the tax bill.