GS council eyes proposed pay scale for village workers

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members moved one step closer to establishing a set pay scale for village police officers and some other employees during their meeting Monday night. After discussion regarding police pay, the following scale was proposed:

• Chief: $20-$26/hour.

• Sergeant: $16-$20/hour.

• Full-time officer: $11.50-$16/hour.

• Part-time officer: $9.50-$13/hour.

Part-time employees would receive a $1 per hour raise after 1,040 hours worked. Those officers would then receive an additional $1 per hour raise after each 2,080 hours worked until reaching the top of the pay scale.

Police Chief Charlie Horne stated pay increases within each scale would be based on merit and responsibilities assumed. He said the incentive for part-time officers based on hours worked was included so the part-time employees who work most are rewarded for their efforts.

A similarly designed pay scale for the street department was also proposed. Fiscal Officer Amanda Salinas said she would send the proposed pay scales to Solicitor Rick Palau to allow him to prepare an ordinance before the next meeting.

Village Administrator John Miller said the village has reached an agreement with the Sandusky County Engineer’s Office to provide a certified operator to oversee the village water system. This alleviates training costs associated with having Miller and at least one of his employees maintain a certification. Miller said he would look into a similar contract for the sewer collection system.

Council approved promoting Tirinee Miracle from a part-time position to a full-time position in the street department, pending passage of a physical. Miller also urged residents to be patient with his department as they work to keep the roads safe after the major snowstorm and extreme cold of the last few days.

Councilman Bill Young said only one pyrotechnics company was able to do a fireworks show July 5. Young was working to get a contract and run of show from that company.

The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4.