|Council sees first glimpse of '14 budget proposal|
|Monday, November 18, 2013 9:38 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — City council got its first glimpse of the temporary 2014 Budget Monday.
Auditor Tom Jettinghoff presented the appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year with a total of $15,774,000.
The figure reflects cost reductions made to-date, including the reductions of two firefighters ($95,000), the reduction of one custodian ($15,042), reduced operating costs from Reser, Inc. ($48,000 water, $53,000 sewer), staff reduction of two maintenance personnel ($22,013 water, $40,756 sewer), retirements/resignations ($188,000 GF, $92,000 sewer), furloughs ($13,900 GF, $24,900 water, $25,300 sewer) and reduction in elected officials’ pay ($3,800). These reductions total $636,753.
Deficit spending for the Water Fund is $217,566 and the Sewer Fund deficit spending is $541,011.
Councilman Josh Gillespie noted expenditures on the budget proposal were higher than previous presentations.
“I don’t want to see more appropriations than we had on this budget than when we started,” he said. “I want them down at least to where they were at the beginning.”
Jettinghoff said he had increased some appropriations and would bring the requested version to the table at the next meeting for amending.
Council also heard on first reading an ordinance setting the pay for the safety service director. The salary range for one full-time safety service director will be $2,115.39-$2,692.31 per bi-weekly pay period payable one-third each from the General, Water and Sewer funds. The ordinance also repeals section 1 of Ordinance 2103-29 and any other ordinances inconsistent with the new ordinance.
Mayor Michael Gallmeier asked if it was council’s pleasure that he appoint a temporary safety service director until the positions was permanently filled. Council declined the offer.
Council passed on second reading an ordinance establishing the employee share of premiums for health insurance.
According to the ordinance, the monthly cost to the employees will be:
Employee only — $21.70;
Employee/spouse — $43.14;
Employee/spouse/1 child — $50.94;
Employee/spouse/2 children — $58.74;
Employee/spouse/3 or more children — $69.64;
Employee/1 child — $39.48;
Employee/2 children — $37.28; and
Employee/3 or more children — $48.18.
City employees currently pay nothing toward their health care.
The figures were amended slightly to accommodate a bi-weekly pay structure.
A review of the city’s sick leave and vacation policies for non-bargaining unit employees may cause additional expense to the city. Changes to the Ohio Revised Code on accrued sick leave and vacation were not reflected in the city’s current policies. Information was not readily available on the effect on the bottom line.
Councilman Jim Knebel asked if it would be advisable to establish a fund to pay for accrued leave and vacation once employees are eligible to cash in those unused days. City Law Director Clayton Osting informed council it would be a very wise decision to set aside funds for those activities.
Former dispatcher Mary Lou Wrocklage addressed council on the matter of contracting with Allen County for dispatching services.
“I, Mary Grothause and Karen Wiechart, former dispatchers, want to make sure you think twice about getting rid of the dispatching for Delphos and going to an Allen County PSAP center,” Wrocklage began. “You will be risking way more than any of you realize and we say this with our combined experience to back up this statement.”
Wrocklage questioned the number of dispatchers Allen County would have available and what would happen if there was a crisis in another part of the county and something then happened in Delphos.
“Do you understand the Allen County PSAP Center will be handling all calls from Allen County: all of its townships, besides Bluffton, Shawnee and Spencerville?” she asked. “Who is going to determine what calls will be dispatched in what order?”
Wrocklage also stressed that while on calls, the police, fire and EMS are in constant contact with the Delphos dispatch.
“What dispatcher in Allen County will be able to monitor the units sent out if they are answering other calls covered by the PSAP center?” she asked.
Wrocklage also questioned how day-to-day operations would be handled at the police station, such as walk-in traffic for an officer, a fireman or an EMT for getting accident reports for insurance claims or to file with the courts or to file one for an accident that just occurred.
“We are not saying Allen County dispatchers are not qualified,” Wrocklage said. “We are saying don’t get drawn in to making a decision before this is thoroughly researched.”
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