City approves 2000 payroll Council hints that wage study for Vermillion may be needed

City approves 2000 payroll Council hints that wage study for Vermillion may be needed by David Lias The Vermillion City Council approved a payroll resolution Monday for city employees in 2000.

Comments from council members before the resolution received a positive vote indicate that city leaders aren�t comfortable with the makeup of the payroll, however.

�I�ll tell you quickly that there are things in this that bother me, and it�s such the case that between now and a year from now I would very much like to have some studying done on a pay scale,� Mayor William Radigan said.

�I would have to agree with that. I believe very strongly that we would have to know what the statewide average is on all of these (positions),� Alderman Leo Powell said.

�I guess I don�t care as much about statewide averages as I do about equality within our city,� Radigan said. �I guess statewide averages would be a part of it, but only a part of it, because I see some situations here where responsibility is much greater for less pay than other places. So, at some point in time, I would like to have the council make an in-depth study of that.�

Alderman Roger Kozak noted that individuals at The University of South Dakota have conducted wage studies for local governments in other parts of the state.

�We may be able to negotiate a contract with them and have some of that employee personnel compensation reviewed,� he said. �I certainly agree with the fact that as far as a review, the time has come.�

City workers whose talents are more on the mechanical or clerical side may not make as much as the people who manage them, but all city employees� pay for 2000 increased at the same percentage rate. Last year, an agreement with AFSCME Local 1052 brought a 2.7 percent increase in base wages for the workers it represents.

The city also negotiated with the General Drivers & Helpers Local 749 (Teamsters) for a 2.5 percent base wage increase for its members last year, and agreed to increase base wages for management, professional and non-union employees by 2.7 percent for 1999.

City employees received slightly higher raises for 2000. AFSCME negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement have resulted in a increase of base wages this year by 3 percent.

The city council also agreed to increase base wages for management, professional and non-union employees by 3 percent.

The resolution approved Monday by the council also allows City Manager Jeff Pederson to make wage increases to city employees for the completion of education requirements, for passing certification tests and for fulfillment of job requirements set at the date of employment.

Pederson may also make meritorious wage increases for department heads within the budgetary appropriation of respective departments.

City Manager Jeff Pederson will receive just over $67,255 in 2000. He was paid slightly more than $65,300 in 1999. His assistant, Matthew Adamski, will be paid approximately $27,600 this year. He made about $26,810 in 1999. Finance Officer Michael Carlson�s pay was $55,458 last year. It has been increased to $57,122.

In the municipal garage, mechanic Dean Hansen, who was paid $30,836 last year, will earn $31,761 in 2000. Assistant Mechanic Ernie Halverson earned $12.38 per hour in 1999. He will be paid $12.75 per hour in 2000.

City Engineer William Welk�s annual pay was $53,917.50 in 1999. In 2000, he will earn $55,535. Harold Holoch, the city�s utilities engineer, earned $54,174.25 in 1999. His annual pay in 2000 has been set at just under $55,800.

Police Chief Bruce Plate�s annual pay has been increased from $41,901.11 in 1999 to $43,158 this year. Assistant Police Chief Kim Callahan will make $17.66 per hour this year. His 1999 pay was $16.73 per hour.

David Behrman, records clerk II-2, received $10.90 per hour in 1999. He will earn $11.93 this year.

The hourly pay of Ray Hofman and Larry Gray, two police detectives, was $15.18 and $14.80 respectively in 1999. This year, both men will be paid $15.70 per hour.

Police Sergeant Dennis Duin was paid $14.50 per hour and sergeants Lowell Oswald and David Thiesse were paid hourly wages of $14.15 each. This year, the three men will each earn $15.07 per hour.

Telecommunications Director Karen Olson earned $29,463.73 in 1999. This year, she will be paid $30,347.64.

Fire Chief Doug Brunick earned $32,058.42 in 1999. His earnings in 2000 will be $33,020.17. Ambulance Director Bill Petracek, who received $30,493.03 in 1999, will be paid $31,407.82 in 2000.

Street Superintendent Rollie Isaacson�s yearly pay was $38,856.09 in 1999. This year, his salary increased to $40,021.77. Phyllis Packard, Vermillion�s solid waste director, was paid $34,781.78 in 1999. This year, she will earn $35,825.23.

Dave Nelson, the director of the city parks/recreation and golf department, earned $43,252.06 in 1999. His 2000 annual pay is $44,549.62.

Mike Hays, superintendent of the Electric Transmission and Distribution Department, received an annual stipend of $45,482.21 in 1999. That has been increased to $47,916.26 this year.

Vern Hasenbank, superintendent of the city water department, received $39,006.20 in 1999. His pay for 2000 has been increased to $40,176.39.

Paul Brunick, superintendent of the wastewater treatment department, received $39,113.42 last year. This year, he will earn $40,286.82.

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