At its Jan. 6 regular meeting, Paden City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to increase the salaries of several part-time positions. Those positions and raises are: crossing guard, from $216 monthly to $250 monthly; dispatchers, from $7.25 per hour to $8.85 per hour; and cleaning, from $7.25 per hour to $8.85 per hour. Those raises are now in effect, retroactive to Jan. 1.
Under Park and Pool, Mayor John Hopkins reported that an estimate of $80,000 will be needed for repairs to the pool. For this purpose, he proposed the possibility of a fund raiser and suggested that donations go into a Paden City Foundation fund.
"If we did it without that, we'd have checks coming into the recorder's office," he said. "It would be added work."
He also stated that $6,000 is coming to the Park and Pool from the Governor's Community Partnership Grant, for which the city recently applied.
In Paden City Volunteer Fire Company (PCVFC) news, Mayor Hopkins acknowledged the passing away of Paden City resident Blanche Doty.
"She was a longtime charter member of the Ladies Fire Auxiliary," he said. "Her husband, Chris (Doty), was a former chief, and her son (Larry Doty) and grandson (Mark Doty) were both very active (in the fire department). I extend sympathy to the family on behalf of the city."
The PCVFC report for the month of December was read and included: one structure fire, one EMS assist, one service call, one mutual aid, one mutual aid standby, and one auto fire.
Wissmach Glass Company reportedly donated $250 to the police department, $500 to the park, and $800 to the fire department.
Council entered executive session to discuss matters pertaining to the police department but took no action upon reentering the meeting.
Mayor Hopkins informed council that the city is working on fixing leaks caused by the cold weather. He also discussed matters related to the sewer.
"We've met with the engineers and a Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council representative last Sewer Board meeting," he said. "There are storm sewers tied into the sanitary sewers"
He said the Sanitary Board is still looking at possibilities to fund the needed changes, which include separating those sewer systems.
Because a part-time maintenance worker has left city employment for a full-time job elsewhere, council approved to review applications. They will vote to hire someone for the position at a later date.
Mayor Hopkins said that Miller Communications will be doing the equipment installation on the new police cruisers, which he expects to arrive in the middle of the month.
Under cars, health, and sanitation, Hopkins discussed a matter involving streets.
"I have a bid from J&T Paving to do some extensive patching and a little paving, and we've lost that because of weather," he said, stating that he was not certain if the estimate would be the same when the weather was nice enough for them to do the work.
City Recorder Tami Billiter informed council of the waste created when printing bills, and council unanimously approved the purchase of a new printer. Because the funding for it will come from water, general, and sewer funds, the purchase must also be approved by the Sanitary Board.
Council saw to a matter in which a city ordinance that prevents signs from being hung above streets and sidewalks appeared to be violated. David Todd, the owner of Club 105 on West Main Street, hung the sign for his business above the sidewalk.
"I did not realize you had that ordinance before I put the sign up, and I do apologize for that," said Todd.
Council unanimously approved a variance on that ordinance, allowing the sign to remain where it is.
Minutes were approved for the Dec. 2 regular meeting as well as the Dec. 12 and 19 special meetings. Bills were paid.
Councilmen present included Larry Potts, Tom Trader, John Staggers, and Jim Richmond. City officials present included Mayor Hopkins, Recorder Billiter, and City Attorney Carolyn Flannery.