Anna Council holds special meeting for employee wages

By Charlotte Caldwell - [email protected]

ANNA – The Anna Village Council adopted an ordinance revising previous legislation regarding setting employee wages for 2023 at a special meeting on Dec. 31.

The council repealed ordinance 22-1821 at a meeting on Dec. 27 that set employee wages and revised the job descriptions section of the employee handbook. The ordinance read:

A. Village administrator (full time salaried) $50,000 to $80,000

B. Utility/mayors court clerk (full time hourly) $16.00 to $28.00

C. Fiscal Officer (full time hourly) $20 to $30

D. Income Tax Administrator (year-round part time hourly) $15 to $25

E. Superintendent of Public Works (full time hourly) $20 to $33

F. Public Works employee Level I (full time hourly) $15 to $20

G. Public Works employee Level II (full time hourly) $20 to $30

H. Wastewater and/or water plant operator (part time hourly) $25 to $35

I. Chief of police (full time salaried) $40,000 to $60,000

J. Police officer (full time hourly) $15 to $25

K. Police sergeant (full time hourly) $15 to $25

L. Police officers (part time hourly) $15.45 to $19

M. Police trainee (unpaid)

N. Fire chief (part time salaried) $10,000 to $15,000 per year

O. Assistant fire chief (part time salaried) $3,000 to $8,000 per year

P. Volunteer firefighters $25.75 to $35 per meeting + $37 to $50 per fire run

Q. Seasonal employee(s) (part time hourly) $12 to $18

In the new ordinance, Mayor Mark Pulfer said all raises will now be based on a 3% increase. The topic was discussed again because some council members were not aware of a previous raise approved by Pulfer and Administrator Jess Geuy and there was concern about an ethics violation due to a council member’s husband being previously employed with the village.

Other ordinances passed on Dec. 27 included increasing the rate of Republic garbage bag prices by 25 cents on March 1 and authorizing ACH payment to require email billing. The 2023 sidewalk necessity ordinance was tabled until the documents are ready.

During staff reports at the regular meeting, Fiscal Officer Stacy Meyer said Administrator Jess Geuy wants to raise Public Works Superintendent Matt Dawson’s pay to $25 per hour due to his recent promotion, and Councilmember Ken Aselage recommended no increase in pay until his six-month evaluation.

Pulfer said the fire department’s gear and equipment/tools experienced an estimated $41,000 in damages from a crash on Interstate 75 on Dec. 24. The heat also needs to be repaired on rescue truck 167 as the truck is used in the winter for rehab and for members and victims to get out of the cold.

Dawson thanked the village of Botkins for helping to fix a fire hydrant that was struck in a hit-skip crash. The public works department is currently interviewing for the open public works position.

Councilmember Gary Strasser recommended donating the old rock wall from the park to a local church, but there is damage to the wall and parts are missing. Pulfer voiced concerns about liability since it is damaged, and Strasser recommended that Geuy looks for a grant to repair it. It was also requested that Geuy looks for various grants for the park.

Pulfer noted that Steve Rose is the new head of the Anna Civic Association.

Another regular session of the council was held on Jan. 10, and the next regular session will be held on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

By Charlotte Caldwell

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.