VIENNA - Vienna City Council Thursday approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the longevity pay for city employees.
City council agreed to raise the longevity pay by 15 cents and change when the pay is given to hourly and salary employees. When given the raise in the past, city employees have received it on their individual hire date.
However, now the city is gearing that raise to be given to every city employee at the same time at the beginning of the fiscal year.
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Mayor Randy Rapp, left, talks to city recorder Cathy Smith after the Thursday night meeting.
Employees are given 20 cents and council wants to change that to 35 cents. Steve Black, Vienna city finance director, said employees will not receive more with the upcoming increase.
He said if employees have already received their 20-cent increase, they will receive 35 cents along with those who will receive it for the first time this fiscal year.
Sgt. Kevin Parrish with the Vienna Police Department voiced his concerns about passing the longevity compensation. He said he wanted to clear it up for officers who were asking him.
Councilman Paul Thornton said he would meet with the department to discuss what it means for officers and other city employees.
"It's fair from here on out," Mayor Randy Rapp said to the sergeant. "We know how important your wages are to you."
Rapp said it may be unfair this year but afterward everyone will be on the same playing field. He said there may be instances where someone benefits but starting on July 1, 2013, it won't come up again.
Changing the increase to be given at the beginning of the fiscal year simplifies the process for all city employees, including those who do the paperwork, Rapp said.
The second reading and approval from council for the increase will be at the next council meeting.
Council voted on sponsoring the West Virginia Open Golf Championship to be held at the Parkersburg Country Club on June 17. The city of Vienna will provide $2,000 to the event for a sponsorship spot.
Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will hold its ice cream social at 6 p.m. June 14. As the West Virginia State High School Softball Tournament wrapped up on Thursday, Rapp said the crowds brought to the city by the tournament were great to see.
"We're trying to become more involved with events held in the community," said Councilman Bruce Rogers.
Rapp thanked parks director Norm Harris for his and the department's work in getting the fields ready. Harris said although the softball tournament will not be held in Vienna next year, another tournament may be in the works for the city to host next summer.
The Vienna Tree and Beautification Commission's "Stripe the Town" contest to challenge residents to make their flower beds blue and gold in honor of the state's birthday can be found on the city's website, www.vienna-wv.com, under departments, Vienna Tree Commission.