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Council OKs worker pay increases, new city positions

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

The Lebanon City Council met Tuesday evening where a bulk of the agenda and time went to approving pay adjustments in varying departments and positions.

Dozens of ordinances, just fewer than 30, were on the agenda for first reading.

Mayor Philip Craighead said breaking down each pay adjustment ordinance-by-ordinance was the easiest way to do it, and there would be no questions on what was up for vote and discussion.

“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.

All of the pay adjustments on the agenda were approved on first reading Tuesday night in front of a full council.

The positions created and funded or promoted in varying departments on the agenda included economic development director, general services administrator, two maintenance supervisors, public safety technician, corporal, investigator, four part-time dispatchers, three shift commanders, part-time secretary, deputy building official, street supervisor, animal control worker, planning manager, GIS tech II, director of capital projects, director of development, supervisor and mechanic II for the garage, garage worker, sanitation supervisor, sanitation worker, aquatics assistant manager, water plant manager, water and sewer collection manager, sewer plant manager, pump station technician, gas manager and valve maintenance technician.

The council also unanimously approved an ordinance on first reading that would authorize a 2-percent increase in pay for all city employees and a $300 bonus for city employees effective July 12.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen also presented life-saving awards to Officer Steve Green, Officer Robert Bates and volunteer fireman Jason Peck. The trio saved Peter Condiles from a serious wreck that happened June 9 on Interstate 40. Sherri Condiles, Peter’s wife, was also on hand to help present the awards and thank the officers and fireman.

According to Bowen, it’s likely Peter Condiles lost control of his car due to medical reasons. He said Bates, Green and Peck positioned Condiles’ head and body in a manner that opened his airway that was blocked when they arrived. 

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