City employees will get a 3% pay raise

City of Chester workers will receive a 3 per cent pay rise in the coming financial year after the City Council passed a resolution on Monday to scrap salary caps for city workers and reset wages departure.

Every part-time adult worker, those not receiving any benefits from the City, will receive a $1 per hour raise.

The appointed positions had their salaries fixed as follows: sewer plant superintendent, $59,148; water plant manager, $59,148; maintenance superintendent, $54,597; superintendent of water supply, $53,788; gas superintendent, $48,813; sexton of the cemetery, $60,153; cemetery clerk, $3,034; chief of police, $80,376; zoning administrator, $3,000; director of emergency management – $1,800; assistant director of emergency management, $1,200; fire chief, $4,800; deputy fire chief, $3,300; recreation director, $35,400; animal control officer, $5,000 per year; code enforcement officer, $49,650; director of Cole Park, $52,481; and Park Superintendent Cohen, $48,059. Firefighters will receive a salary increase from the second hour of service.

Excess property

Surplus property offers opened at the previous meeting were organized by City Clerk Bethany Berner and presented and accepted by City Attorney Jeff Kerkhover as follows: Philip Siscella for $1,251.76 for the Allis Chalmers tractor; Christopher Dillman, $3,000 for the 2000 Dodge Ram truck; Derek Nierman for the 2003 Ford F-350 with plow, $2,500; Philip Siscella for the 2011 Ford F-250 truck platform, $501.77; Joe Deutschmann for the L-10 Pipeline Inspection Camera for $1,500. All offers for the manure spreader were rejected. The board approved these offers.

In other actions

The board has given its approval to hire six students for summer work.

The Visitor Center Observation Deck replacement was reconsidered after being tabled at the last meeting. Low bid received from New Concepts for flooring, hangers, handrails and substructure was accepted and approved for $29,736.

Steps have been taken to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation to have Heartlands Conservancy and Steadfast City conduct a housing market assessment and comprehensive community housing needs study for $15,700.

After hearing from City Engineer Harold Sheffer about the $2.1 million loan for sewage treatment plant and collection system upgrades, council approved an order for the deal.

Approval has been given for Red Dot Construction Change Order 1 for the Water Main Replacement at Oak Terrace Drive and Lawder Lane, a reduction of $807.75 and Periodic Estimate 2 for the water main replacement for $20,384.72.

The next city council meeting will be June 6.

William M. Mayer