Corbin H. Crable
Gardner City Council members on Monday night approved a 2011 salary ordinance for city employees which reflects reductions of four city positions.
The 2011 ordinance includes reductions of one line maintenance worker, two Public Safety officers and one administrative assistant within the Parks and Recreation Department.
Council members approved the 2010 salary ordinance in late May and received the proposed 2011 ordinance from the Department of Human Resources last summer during budget talks. According to a memo from Human Resources Director Mary Bush, the 2011 salary ordinance, like the 2010 and 2009 ordinances, does not include market adjustments (cost-of-living pay increases). The governing body had approved a 2-percent market increase in 2008, down from a 3-percent market increase in 2007.
In addition, council members also approved an ordinance requiring homeowners to supply their own materials for water service installation if they have meter sizes of 2” or smaller. The city itself would, as it has in the past, continue to tap the water main for service to each household, as well as supply and install the water meter device. According to a memo from Water/Wastewater Manager Jim Melvin, this would free storage space for such materials at the city’s Public Works Shop.
For those homeowners with meter sizes greater than 2”, city staff would install the water tap but would now charge a $100 inspection fee. This would take effect on Jan. 1.
After taking next week off, the Gardner City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 at City Hall, 120 E. Main St.