City employees receive raise; Base wages increase by 3.75 percent

City employees receive raise; Base wages increase by 3.75 percent by David Lias The Vermillion City Council approved a payroll resolution Tuesday for city employees in 2001.

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 2001 increased by at least 3.75 percent.

Last year, a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local 1052 brought a 3.75 percent increase in base wages for the workers it represents for 2001, compared to a 3 percent raise last year.

The city also negotiated with the General Drivers & Helpers Local 749 (Teamsters) and agreed to increase base wages for management, professional and non-union employees by 3.75 percent for 2001 compared to last year�s 3 percent raise.

The resolution approved Tuesday by the council 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.

Pederson told the council that the 3.75 percent raise was given to all but approximately 10 city employees who received larger raises based on an enhancement plan that followed statewide survey information.

The pay for police sergeants had fallen behind, and their 2001 salary adjustments will help correct that inequity, he said.

The remaining employees who received more than a 3.75 percent raise were receiving salaries that were out of line with the mean averages of similar positions in other cities in the state. The added boost in pay makes their income more comparable, he said.

Pederson will receive just over $69,780 in 2001. He was paid slightly more than $67,255 in 2000. His assistant, Jeffrey Traill, will be paid approximately

$28,000 this year. Finance Officer Michael Carlson�s pay was $57,122 last year. It has been increased to $59,257.

In the municipal garage, mechanic Dean Hansen, who was paid $31,761 last year, will earn $32,948 in 2001. Assistant Mechanic Ernie Halverson earned $12.75 per hour in 2000. He will be paid $13.23 per hour in 2001.

City Engineer William Welk�s annual pay was $55,535 in 2000. In 2001, he will earn $57,628. Harold Holoch, the city�s utilities engineer, earned just under $55,800 in 2000. His annual pay in 2001 has been set at 57,900.

Police Chief Bruce Plate�s annual pay has been increased from $43,158 in 2000 to $47,355 this year. Assistant Police Chief Kim Callahan will make $19.30 per hour this year. His 2000 pay was $17.66 per hour.

David Behrman, records clerk 7, received $11.93 per hour in 2000. He will earn $12.68 per hour this year.

The hourly pay of Ray Hofman and Larry Gray, two police detectives, was $15.70 in 2000. This year, Hofman will be paid $16.45 per hour and Gray will be paid $16.33 per hour.

Police sergeants Dennis Duin and David Thiesse each earned $15.07 per hour in 2000. Duin and Thiesse will earn $16.49 per hour in 2001. Sergeants Chad Town and James Walker will receive $15.22 per hour.

Telecommunications Director Karen Olson earned $30,347 in 2000. This year, she will be paid $31,675.

Fire Chief Doug Brunick earned $33,020 in 2000. His earnings in 2001 will be $35,308. Ambulance Director Todd Koch will be paid $33,220 in this year.

Street Superintendent Rollie Isaacson�s yearly pay was $40,021.77 in 2000. This year, his salary increased to $44,829. Phyllis Packard, Vermillion�s solid waste director, was paid $35,8253 in 2000. This year, she will earn $38,294.

Dave Nelson, the director of the city parks/recreation and golf department, earned $44,549 in 2000. His 2001 annual pay is $46,228.

Mike Hays, superintendent of the Electric Transmission and Distribution Department, received an annual stipend of $47,916 in 2000. That has been increased to $49,715 this year.

Vern Hasenbank, superintendent of the city water department, received $40,176 in 2000. His pay for 2001 has been increased to $41,697.

Paul Brunick, superintendent of the wastewater treatment department, received $40,286 last year. This year, he will earn $41,801.

Librarian Jane Larson�s salary for 2001 is $38,941.

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