Jefferson council approves raises for city employees
BY RICK MORAIN
The Jefferson City Council on Tuesday approved additional salary increases for city employees, effective Aug. 1. The increase levels will be in effect for the 11 months remaining in the 2022-23 fiscal year, which began July 1.
Under the memorandum of understanding with the local AFSCME union, city police will receive increases of 2 ¾ percent, and other employees in the union will get raises of three percent. The agreement limits any wage increase to three percent in the final two years of the labor contract. The city and union are in the second year of their five-year contract.
Non-union city employees will receive additional raises of 2 percent.
Administrator Mike Palmer will receive an increase of 2 percent.
The raises are in addition to the increases already reached through union collective bargaining and the non-union agreements for city employees for the current year.
The initiative for the additional increases reportedly came from the bargaining steward for the city union, in response to recent salary increases for Greene County employees.
Total estimated cost of the additional increases is $44,316.74 for the remaining 11 months of the 2022-23 fiscal year.
In other action, the council placed on third reading and adopted the proposed ordinance on the impoundment and microchipping of dogs in the city. Dogs that are impounded will receive a microchip so they can be identified if they are picked up again, in case they become eligible for treatment as vicious animals.
The council also placed on third reading and adopted an amendment to the ordinance on fire department service fees. Under the amendment the city will be able to invoice owners of property involved in large fires that create unusually heavy costs for the city fire department.
The council approved a Class C beer permit and cigarette license for Shambo Enterprises Inc., doing business as Oly’s Corner. Also approved was a Class C liquor license for Sparetime Lanes and Lounge.
City building official Chad Stevens told the council that completion of the new animal shelter in the north part of town is expected by Oct. 15.
The council meets regularly the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers on second floor of city hall, 220 North Chestnut.