Pay increases for Columbiana employees

COLUMBIANA — Council moved on legislation this week that would grant 2 percent pay increases to three non-union, administrative employees and increase the minimum wage rates for other non-union employees next year.

City Manager Lance Willard said the increase for the income tax clerk, payroll clerk and manager secretary is to mirror the increase awarded to union employees at the last contract negotiation.

Those three administrative positions and other non-union city employees were awarded a 2 percent increase by council in January of this year for this year, with the hourly maximum wages set at $21.99 and minimum set at $18.82.

The increase on the table before council now, to take effect in 2018, would raise the maximum hourly rate to $22.42 and minimum to $19.20, with new hires set at $16.44.

Council gave the legislation a first reading.

The minimum wage was set at $8.30 per hour for part-time employees to fall in line with Ohio’s new rate.

Union employees had received 2 percent wage increases on the three-year contract awarded in 2014 that expires at the end of this year. In June, council approved a new three-year contract that includes a 1.25 percent increase that will continue through 2020 for the union.

The union had been on a wage freeze prior to the 2014 contract.

In other business, council approved:

— Giving a first reading to legislation amending appropriations to add $34,150 to the general fund, $2,800 to the cemetery fund, $23,700 to the park fund, $8,000 to the police pension fund, $2,500 to the Firestone Cemetery trust fund, $10,000 to the emergency medical services fund, $500 to the unclaimed monies fund, and $2,200 to the special assessment bond retirement fund.

— Giving a first reading to legislation transferring $70,000 from the income tax fund, with $35,000 going to the capital improvement fund and $35,000 to the general fund.

— Giving a first reading to legislation transferring $35,000 from the general fund to the special assessment bond retirement fund.

— Giving a first reading to legislation making temporary appropriations for the first three months of the year, for a total of $11.6 million appropriated for all funds.

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