Vote on pay ordinance stalled

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

The ordinance would set the terms and conditions of employment for village employees and provide additional benefits.

Village Administrator James Mehaffie said the executive session was called because of updates and provisions that had added to the ordinance prior to Monday's council meeting.

Among the positions included in the ordinance are full-time public works employees hired after Jan. 1. Under the ordinance, they would start out at a pay rate of $12.50 per hour and receive an additional $1 per hour after a successful one-year evaluation.

Also, incentives for continued education are included. However, additional pay would only be given for degrees directly related to the employee's field of work, or at the discretion of council.

Separately, a phone system that was installed five years ago in the town hall is now out of date and issues have come up with it, such as calls being dropped. Estimates are currently being looked into to resolve the phone system problems. Mehaffie said options include changing to a new system.

Separately, a motion was passed to offer discounted pool passes between Nov. 1 and the end of the year rather than just between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.

The discount on the passes is 10 percent if purchased by the end of the year.

Separately, village leaf pickup is scheduled to wrap up in the near future. Most of the leaves have already been picked up, but work is expected to take place one or two days next week as well.

The Blaze of Lights Festival in Bluffton is scheduled for Saturday, and Councilman Everett Collier has been chosen to turn on the Ream display lights this year. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and the lights are scheduled to be turned on at 7 p.m.

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