Christmas comes early for MP city employees, fire-fighters
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Christmas came early for City of Mt. Pleasant employees.
Meeting in regular session Wednesday night, the council approved salary increases for city employees and fire-fighters.
City employees were given a 2.5 percent salary increase, the amount of increase approved by the council during budgeting and also for the police department employees covered by the union. Fire-fighters also received a 2.5 percent increase.
Following are the fiscal 2014 salaries for selected city employees. The new salaries are effective June 23.
Lori D. Davis, secretary/receptionist (25 hours per week), $14.07/hour; Tamara L. Detrick, deputy city clerk, $20.61/hour; Florence L. Olomon, city clerk/treasurer, $1,969.60/bi-weekly; Brent E. Schleisman, city administrator, $3,736.00/bi-weekly; Barbara T. Welander, building and zoning administrator, $1,588.80 bi-weekly (plus $140 car allowance per month);
Raymond A. Aynes, refuse truck driver (up to 25 hours weekly), $12.93/hour; Christopher A. Brown, maintenance worker, $15.09/hour; Steven R. Dovenspike, maintenance worker, $18.17/hour; Daniel W. Koller, maintenance worker, $13.20/hour; Jim E. Mueller Jr., maintenance worker, $16.37/hour;
Rick L. Mullin, director of public works, $2,232.80/bi-weekly (plus $25 cell phone allowance per month); James W. Schadt, maintenance worker, $19.87/hour; Jesse J. Schadt, maintenance worker, $14.29/hour; Drew E. Schumacher, assistant director of public works, $20.31/hour (plus $25 cell phone allowance per month);
Ronnie D. Archer, chief of police, $2,440.00/bi-weekly; Carrie A. Cooksey-Alvarez, records clerk (20 hours per week), $10.80/hour; Nancy R. Krieger, administrative assistant, $15.50/hour; Lyle T. Murray, police department lieutenant, $1,993.60 bi-weekly; Dana J. Kuster, police department janitor, $10.53/hour;
Jonathan D. Myers, community service officer, $15.45/hour; Gary A. Grunow, parks and recreation director, $1,720.80 bi-weekly; Ashley R. Maxwell, recreation supervisor, $1,143.20 bi-weekly (plus $25 cell phone allowance per month); Harry E. Hayward, park supervisor, $20.44/hour (plus $25 cell phone allowance per month); Marcus L. Mullin, lead park worker, $13.71/hour.
Pool lifeguards will be paid between $7.95 and $8.40 per hour dependent upon experience. They are paid more per hour for swimming lessons but not as much for cashier/concessions work.
Twenty one fire-fighters will be paid $3,248.44 each annually. The captain and lieutenant each will receive $3,386.44 annually. The assistant and deputy chiefs will be paid $3,545.24 annually and the chief receives an annual salary of $4,741.24.
In other agenda items, the council affirmed Mayor Steve Brimhall’s reappointment of Amy Decker and Denny White to three-year terms on the park and recreation advisory board.
Permission was granted for the National Wild Turkey Federation to use the Wright Family Pavilion at McMillan Park for a fund-raising event June 20.
Brimhall reported that concrete pouring will begin today (Thursday) on the Baker Street/Grand Avenue intersection. “They are getting a lot of work done out there,” the mayor remarked.
Jessica Gillespie, who runs a day care in her home on North Jackson Street, was given permission to enclose the front steps and ramp in front of her home. The front steps and ramp are in the city right-of-way which required her to receive city permission.
A rezoning request (current single and tow-family residential to light industrial) was referred to the planning and zoning commission. The request was from H.C. Customs (Lee Evans, Wes Willey and Curtis Howell).
Councilman Terry McWilliams, whose term expires this year, said he will run for re-election.
The council meets again in regular session Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.