JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Village Council met on Sept. 14 to discuss job classifications and pay rates for village employees.
The council passed an ordinance establishing job classifications and rates for all employees of Jackson Center after suspending the three-reading rule. The Wage and Benefit Committee met on Aug. 18 and recommended a three percent cost of living increase for employees that are paid from Pay Table I, Pay Table II, Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Fiscal Officer and the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Also, Pay Tables I, II and III have been realigned along with the Job Classification tables to give the Village Administrator more flexibility and to make the Village more competitive with surrounding villages with regards to wages and salaries. The Wage & Benefits Committee is also recommending a step increase for the Village Administrator. Other additions to the ordinance are the Zoning Enforcement Officer salary was added along with a K-9 Handler Stipend to cover costs associated with housing and taking care of the canine “Hiro”.
In other business Council Member Leisha Elchert reported that Chief Cotterman has seven days left of training and would like to do a demonstration when training is completed. Elchert also reported that the Smoke Trailer will be here on Sept. 28. Also due to a conflict the Pork Dinner that was to be held on Oct. 11 has been cancelled.
Fire Chief Jerry Davis reported The Department of Commerce Fire Prevention Bureau has not received the reports that were submitted. Chief Davis contacted the Department of Commerce Fire Prevention Bureau and the problem has been resolved and the Fire Department is in compliance through August of 2015. Davis also said they will receive a letter in writing confirming compliance.
Mayor Scott Klopfenstein asked Administrator Bruce Metz about the manhole covers that were not level with the pavement. Metz reported that we have received the materials and will be working on the manholes as time allows.
Klopfenstein reminded council that the next council meeting will meet at the Rescue Building to meet with Anna Rescue and tour the building.
Dr. Ken Gloyeske made a motion that the Village of Jackson Center would accept $5,000 from the Jackson Center Community Improvement Corporation to release its entire assessment lien on the 405 Davis Street property, subject to Village Administrator, Bruce Metz being authorized to process the necessary paper work.