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Council to go through pay adjustments

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM

The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday evening to discuss numerous items on the agenda, including dozens of pay adjustments in different departments.

Mayor Philip Craighead said breaking down the positions ordinance-by-ordinance was the main reason the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting seemed so daunting.

“The biggest part [Tuesday] is we’ve broken out every pay adjustment, and we’re looking at each one of them,” Craighead said. 

Craighead said this is something he and the council have discussed doing, but they wanted to do it after they finished the budget process and had more time to hash through everything one last time.

“We could’ve put everything in one but then if someone wanted to argue one thing it could’ve held up the whole issue,” Craighead said.

This way, Craighead said there would be no questions and each position and pay adjustment in the varying departments would be laid out on the agenda for discussion.

Several pay adjustments in the form of promotions and the creation of positions will be discussed and voted on first reading at the meeting. More than 30 ordinances are on the agenda that would create and fund, as well as promote numerous positions, across the city. These include everything from secretaries to dispatchers to supervisors in various different departments ranging from the police department to the street department to then engineering department and beyond.

A few examples include an ordinance to create and fund the position of economic development director for the mayor and council department, as well as ordinances to promote the general services administrator for the Public Works Department, an ordinance to promote the maintenance supervisor for the General Maintenance Department, ordinances to create and fund an investigator position and four part-time dispatcher positions for the Police Department, ordinances to create and fund three new shift commander positions and a part-time secretary position in the Fire Department, an ordinance to promote the planning manager for the Engineering Department and an ordinance to create and fund the position of valve maintenance technician for the Gas Department, among many others.

Several line-item transfers are also on the agenda for various different departments, something Craighead has said is “normal” around this time in order to close out books for the year before they move into the next budget.

Before the meeting gets into voting issues, there is set to be a presentation of life-saving awards to Officer Steve Green, Officer Robert Bates and volunteer fireman Jason Peck. Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen will present the awards.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall. A public hearing will precede the meeting at 5:55 p.m., with two items up for discussion.

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