City council files wages ordinance

CROTHERSVILLE — Crothersville City Council received the 2023 wage ordinance for city employees earlier this month.

However, members agreed to postpone the issue until September.

This is how they were able to meet each employee individually for evaluations during an executive session.

The decision was made after director of public services Mason Boicourt suggested that the board start carrying out appraisals, setting aside time to talk to each employee about their work and determine what they feel they deserve to gain. terms of compensation.

“With you guys, you’re not micromanagers, so you’re not going to be out there watching everyone, and you don’t know what people are doing day to day, so who knows better than the person himself?” Boicourt said. “For me, my perspective is that my job is still kind of a new job, and I don’t really have the job description. It changes every day. I want to know what is expected.

Council vice-chairman Jamy Greathouse went so far as to say that perhaps assessments should be done twice a year just to touch base with all employees.

Councilor Terry Richey said she didn’t like discussing what employees should or shouldn’t be paid in a public meeting, which was done earlier in the meeting before Boicourt made her suggestion. .

“That should come to the public when we know what we’re going to do,” Richey said.

When the order was originally introduced, Greathouse brought a motion for a 3.5% pay increase for all hourly employees outside of the police department, which has a separate pay matrix.

Richey seconded, but Clerk-Treasurer Danieta Foster said she would like to see the hourly rate of the lowest-paid City Hall employee, second deputy Katie Masters, increased.

That would be nearly $2 more per hour, or a 10% increase.

“She brings a lot to the table in this office,” Foster said.

“She has worked hard to get us to where we are,” added first deputy Michele Teipen.

Councilman Aaron Mays then said that if council approved of this, Boicourt also deserved more, because of everything he had brought to the city in his position.

“There’s something about what someone brings to the table. It’s just my two cents,” Mays said.

Richey said she had a hard time pulling one person out and giving them a nearly $2 raise and not everyone.

Greathouse said the city had made a “significant improvement” in employee pay rates, and he thought about incentivizing them if they got certain job-related certifications or classifications.

“Those are some of the things that we could maybe look at to see if there are alternate routes and/or some functions just to kind of open the door with some of that,” he said.

Greathouse then withdrew his motion and amended it to file approval of the wage ordinance until the next meeting, set for 6 p.m. on September 6, and to hold an executive session to conduct the evaluations.