Councilors OK Pay Raise

NEW KNOXVILLE — After a two-year freeze on salary, New Knoxville village employees will soon see a 2 percent raise.

Councilors approved the first reading of the wage schedule, which will begin in 2013, Tuesday night at their meeting.

“We have not given a raise for two years,” Mayor Keith Leffel said. “In July, we told our employees we’d look at where we were at on our income taxes and make a decision. We offered a small bonus at that time. We feel we want to offer this 2 percent (increase).”

Leffel noted income taxes are up and councilors wanted to express their gratitude for all the work the employees do for the village.

“We are extremely grateful for our village employees,” he said. “I would put them up against anybody. I think they do a great job.”

American Municipal Power Inc. and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association issued a resolution recognizing New Knoxville for providing municipal electric for 100 years.

 “To commend the village of New Knoxville, Ohio, for surpassing the 100th anniversary of its municipal electric system,” the resolution reads. “The Board of Trustees of American Municipal Power Incorporated and the Board of Directors of the Ohio Municipal Electric Association applaud the village of New Knoxville’s success for maintaining and improving its municipal electric system and extend a heartfelt congratulations to the village and New Knoxville municipal electric for more than 100 years of service.”

Leffel noted several community members have worked with the electrical system through the years.

“This goes back a long way,” Leffel said. “Many, many people in the community were involved with this. It is definitely something to be proud of that we’ve maintained our municipal electrical system for 100 years.”

In other business, councilors:

• Approved the Oct. 9 meeting minutes.

• Approved the meeting’s modified agenda.

• Approved a pay ordinance.

• Approved the purchase of five bracket kits for the New Knoxville Garden Club, which will be placing new banners up in town after the holidays.

• Heard an update from Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce Director Scott Frey about the state of the chamber and how it has served area businesses.

• Approved the first reading of the 2013 appropriations.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the transfer of $15,266.22 from the Water Fund to the Debt Service Fund.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the transfer of $47,500.65 from the General Fund for the industrial park loan repayment.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance to waive the second and third readings of 2013 pay ordinances.

• Approved the first reading of the 2013 income tax allocations.

• Approved, as an emergency, the purchase of Christmas gifts for employees, not to exceed $1,500, and declared it a proper public purpose.

• Approved, as an emergency, an ordinance amending the 2012 appropriations.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the employee manual to include a combined $275 year allowance for steel-toed shoes and cold ware and a $50 allowance for safety glasses.

The next regular meeting of the village of New Knoxville Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the village administration building.