Vermillion city employees receive 3.5% increase in pay by David Lias The Vermillion City Council approved a payroll resolution Jan. 7 that boosts city wages by 3.5 percent.
As it did last year, the city negotiated with AFSCME Local 1052, and the General Drivers & Helpers Local 749 (Teamsters) for a collective bargaining for 2002.
Last year's agreements called for a 3.75 percent increase in wages. In calendar year 2002, city employees represented by the two labor organizations received a 3.5 percent raise.
The city council also agreed to increase the base wages for management, professional and non-union employees by 3.5 percent. Last year, workers in those categories received a 3.75 percent raise.
The resolution adopted by the council includes salary enhancements for several positions to address deficiencies in survey market comparisons.
The measure approved Jan. 7 also allows City Manager Jeff Pederson to make wage increases to 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 the respective departments.
Pederson will receive slightly more than $72,220 in 2002. He was paid approximately $67,225 in 2001.
His assistant, Bill Petracek, will earn $29,023.20 this year.
Finance Officer Michael Carlson's pay was $59,257 last year. It has been increased to $61,324.
In the municipal garage, mechanic Dean Hansen, who was paid $32,948 last year, will earn $34,097 in 2002. Assistant mechanic Ernie Halvorson earned $13.23 per hour last year. This year, he is receiving $14.21 per hour.
City Engineer William Welk's annual pay was $57,628 in 2001. This year, he will receive $59,654. Harold Holoch, the city's utilities engineer, earned $57,900 in 2001. This year, his annual pay has been set at $59,925.
Police Chief Bruce Plate, who earned $47,355 in 2001, will be paid $50,091 this year. Assistant Police Chief Kim Callahan will make $20.85 per hour this year. His 2001 pay was $19.30 per hour.
Police detectives Lowell Oswald and Shawn Fick are earning hourly pay of $17.38 and $15.11 respectively in 2002.
Police sergeants Dennis Duin and David Thiesse each earned $16.49 per hour last year. Their wages have been increased to $17.52 per hour. Sergeants James Walker and Maria Olson are earning $16.18 per hour and $15.75 per hour respectively this year.
Telecommunications Director Karen Olson earned $31,675 in 2001. This year, she will earn $32,781.
Fire Chief Doug Brunick's 2002 wage is $36,540. Last year, he earned $33,020. Ambulance Director Gary Myers will earn $34,138 this year.
Farrel Christensen, the city's building inspector, is being paid $16 per hour in 2002.
Street Superintendent Rollie Isaacson's yearly pay was $44,829 in 2001. It has been increased this year to $47,648.
Phyllis Packard, Vermillion's solid waste director, was paid $38,294 in 2001. Her annual wage is now $39,630.
Dave Nelson, the director of the city parks/recreation and golf department, earned $46,228 in 2001. His 2002 annual pay is $47,836.
Mike Hays, superintendent of the city's electric department, received an annual stipend of $49,715 last year. That has been increased to $53,076 this year.
Vern Hasenbank, superintendent of the city water department, received $41,697 in 2001. His pay for 2002 has been increased to $43,158.
Paul Brunick, superintendent of the wastewater treatment department, earned $41,801 last year. This year, he will be paid $43,263.
Librarian Jane Larson, who earned $38,941 in 2001, will be paid $40,298 this year.