Pay grade changes on slate
HUNTINGTON -- The mood and focus of Monday's Huntington City Council meeting will likely be determined by what happens in the Council's finance committee meeting, which will take place two and a half hours before the full body convenes at 7:30 p.m.
The finance committee will meet with Mayor Steve Williams over his proposed changes to city pay grades, primarily three groups that would pertain to the position of fire and police chief, city attorney and director of finance and administration.
Williams said the changes would not amount to immediate raises for employees in those positions now, especially in a tight budget year that will see the city give raises to its employees for the first time in six years.
However, the city lost its police chief and its director of administration of finance in April, and Williams has said he wants to be able to offer competitive salaries to attract and retain high caliber personnel.
The most vocal critics of the proposal have been Councilman Scott Caserta, who argues that the city has so many infrastructure problems that need to be solved it can't afford to be bumping salaries, and Councilman David Ball, who has put forth that the city has the appropriate salaries in place for a city of Huntington's size in every position except for city attorney.
Other matters to be discussed at Monday's Council meeting include the rezoning of seven residential parcels of land to accommodate a new Dollar General store, and approval to allow the Big Sandy Superstore Arena to refurbish the surface of the basketball floor it puts down for tournaments. The floor is the one Marshall University used when the school was in the Mid American Conference. The Herd now plays in Conference USA. Arena general manager Brian Sipe said workers will remove the Marshall and MAC logos and replace them with a city of Huntington logo and Arena logos.
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