By Francie Payne —
In a time when many businesses and government entities have frozen wages or kept raises low in an effort to balance their budgets, some employees of the City of Holbrook have received sizeable pay increases. City Manager Ray Alley insists he’s also watching the bottom line, noting that the increases reduced the staff of one department by two full-time employees, saving the city more than $20,000 annually in salary and employee related expenses.
Alley provided a list of all pay rate increases from Jan. 1, 2010, to the present, along with a brief explanation as to why the increases were given, including:
* Street superintendent, $2 per hour increase to bring the salary in line with all other Fair Labor Standards Act department heads with similar staff and duties.
* Street maintenance worker, $4.75 per hour increase, bringing a new hire from temporary employee to mid-grade permanent employee in the position with a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
* Parks maintenance worker, $2.75 per hour increase, bringing a new hire from temporary employee to mid-grade permanent employee in the position without a CDL.
* Two police officers, 86 cent per hour increases upon completion of their probation period.
* Sanitation driver, 53 cents per hour increase upon completion of CDL.
* Street maintenance/emergency services person, $1.40 per hour increase with the acquisition of additional duties related to the National Incident Management System and emergency services. This same amount was removed from the pay of another employee who stated there was not time to fulfill the mandatory NIMS requirements.
* Senior bus driver/water tech, $1 per hour increase after transferring to senior center as driver and being assigned new duties. This move eliminated one full-time employee in the water department.
* Two water department techs, $2 per hour increases for assuming the duties of a second water department worker who resigned and was not replaced.
* Water department supervisor, $2 per hour increase for assuming the duties of a second water department worker who resigned and was not replaced.
These actions resulted in two fewer employees in the water department, saving the city more than $20,000 annually in salary and employee related expenses.
* City clerk, $2.65 per hour increase for assuming additional city manager duties as the city manager is fulfilling public works and building inspector duties, and is not in the office at all times.