Geneva employees to receive raises in 2013
The Geneva Town Council began with clerk treasurer Bill Warren commending the area law enforcement for the quick response to Friday afternoon’s storms and thanking the citizens for the quick clean up following the storm. During the monthly fire report, deputy fire chief Art Booth also commented on conditions during the storm.
“Friday night was chaos. But we did what we needed to do. We can thank God Almighty there were no fatalities,” said Booth.
The council approved several new ordinances during Tuesday evening’s meeting. Following the example of Berne and Decatur, they approved the first reading of Ordinance 2012-7 Salary Utilities and Ordinance 2012-8 Salary General which will give full time employees a one percent plus $400 raise in 2013 and will give part-time employees and council members a two percent raise.
Other ordinances brought before the council were the third and final reading of Ordinance 2012-3 Unsafe Building and the first reading of Ordinance 2012-6 Capital Improvement Plan. The Town of Geneva Economic Development Plan and Project list for 2013 includes the required $32,908 funding for the Adams Memorial Hospital and $4,279 toward funding for Adams County Development Corp., along with $25,000 for the industrial site land acquisition or walking trail expenses; $18,000 toward the Hanni Building loan; and $10,000 towards the Town Maintenance Building loan. The board also approved the third and final reading of Ordinance 2012-2 Snow Routes, with the one change that the ordinance would go into affect when the county or the city of Geneva declare conditions as Code Red.
Warren brought the 2013 Budget before the council for the first review. With the overall budget increased from 2012, the proposed budget sits at $574,767. The 2012 certified budget was $553,787. The increases came from wage increase, health insurance, liability insurance, garage and motor, and police equipment. The second review will take place in August with a hearing tentatively scheduled for the September town council meeting. Final approval should come in October.
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