Shelbyville City Council OKs raises

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By Scotty McDaniel

The Shelbyville City Council approved the first readings of three separate ordinances Thursday night that increase the pay scales for the police department, fire department and city employees.

Both the police ordinance and the fire ordinance show salary increases of 1.5 percent.

City employees see a base salary increase of 2 percent, with a high-end increase that varies based on years of service, raises and promotions. As a result, high-end increases range anywhere from .5 percent for the Assistant Treasurer and Historic District Coordinator positions, to more than 23 percent for the Maintenance II position.

"You figure in cost of living and everything, and you need to adjust the wages. We need to up the wages to compensate for that," Mayor Tom Hardesty said. "We have to have the revenue coming in before we can pay it out. If we felt like we have enough to make raises and more benefits, we naturally want to do that. We want to recruit and retain our employees."

The second reading for the ordinances will be held at the next council meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 8, 2009, and if passed it would be retroactively effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Also at the meeting:

* The council selection Gary C. White's bid to take on the Sidewalk Project along Smithfield Road to the corner of the fairgrounds.

* In a resolution, January 2009 was announced as School Board Recognition Month. Mayor Hardesty encourages all citizens to honor Brenda Jackson, Allen Phillips, Sam Hinkle, Eddie Mathis, Doug Butler, and T.J. Kelly for their dedication to the shared goal bettering the lives of children.

* Shane Suttor was appointed to the Parks Board, with his term going through Dec. 31,2010.

Alan Matthews was appointed to the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission, wit his term expiring Dec. 31, 2010.

Sara Johns was appointed to the City Tree Board, with her term expiring Jan. 1, 2012.

* The meeting was the final meeting for Val Owens and Donald Cubert Sr. -- who are retiring from the council -- and new faces George Best and Jon Swindler will take their places. Cubert made the motion to adjourn the meeting, and Owens seconded it, officially beginning their retirement.