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Washingtonville hikes pay to fill open street job

WASHINGTONVILLE — Village council is increasing wages for street department positions in an attempt to find a part-time employee.

Council agreed to increase the pay for Roads Supervisor Eddie Garrett to $12 per hour and advertise the 32-hour part-time position at $12 per hour. Council authorized Clerk Dale Davis to prepare legislation for the action.

Mayor Herman Frank this week reported the village has not received any interest in the part-time position, which will need filled by summer when mowing and pot holes will need addressed.

“We can’t penalize residents (for property maintenance violations) if we can’t take care of own,” he said.

Garrett, who is paid $11.50 per hour, is currently working by himself, but he is also a part-time employee working approximately 10 hours each weekend. Council had advertised the empty part-time position at $11.

Frank said the plan is to hire the part-time employee so Garrett can delegate the 32 hours to someone who can work on their own.

Council agreed to advertise the empty part-time position online, after previously advertising in the newspaper.

In other business, council also authorized Davis to prepare legislation to increase the part-time police officer wage to $13 per hour, an increase of 50 cents per hour. Chief Ken

Faust said the increase is needed to try to stay competitive with surrounding departments and maintain an officer roster.

Council also hired Dakota Mitchell and Gino Fabian as part-time officers and accepted the resignation of Clyde Beaver as assistant police chief effective Dec. 31. Beaver is taking a teaching position after 10 years with the department.

Also at the meeting, Faust reported he is looking into getting an in-car citation system available free through the state. He said the only expense is the paper for the citations.

With the system, Faust said an officer can swipe a driver’s license and print the information on the citation. Officers would still have to enter the the location and offense by hand, but the system would help ease the issue of legibility on citations.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the administration building.

khowell@salemnews.net

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