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Noncontract city workers in line for 3-percent pay raise

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The city's noncontract employees may soon get a 3-percent cost-of-living raise, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Reynoldsburg City Council's finance committee met April 7 to discuss the raise, which would cost the city about $100,000, according to City Auditor Richard Harris.

He said that amount was included in the 2014 final city budget, which council approved March 17.

"It is year three since those employees got a salary increase," Harris said.

Finance committee members voted unanimously to send the ordinance approving the salary increases to the full council for a first reading with a recommendation for adoption as emergency legislation.

Indigent drivers' fund

The committee also discussed establishing an indigent drivers interlock and alcohol monitoring fund. Harris said the Ohio Revised Code includes a provision that any funds received by a city from fees for reinstatements of drivers' licenses in drunk driving cases must go into such a fund.

"I got a check for $16,000 from those fees for the first time in five years," he said. "So we have to establish the fund so that I have something to do with it."

He said the money will pay for devices ordered by mayor's court to deter repeat drunk driving, such as one that requires a driver to blow into a breathalyzer before being able to start a car or for ankle monitoring and alcohol monitoring devices.

"Any of these devices would have to be ordered by the court for an indigent driver and then we would have to pay for it," Harris said.

Assistant City Attorney Matt Roth said there are candidates for the devices in Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court.

"Once we have the funds, I think mayor's court will be ordering these devices," Roth said. "We have people that need it -- we just didn't have the funds. We have mostly handled first-offense drunk drivers but have a few frequent fliers in mayor's court."

He said the city has had few resources to respond to people who violate their probation periods.

"When our magistrate puts someone on probation, we don't have too many ways to follow up unless someone complains about that person. We don't have people meet with anyone monthly, for example," Roth said.

"This fund gives us another way to respond to people violating their probation periods."

The finance committee approved sending the ordinance to establish the fund for a first reading by the full council, with a recommendation that it be adopted as emergency legislation.

2014 fireworks

In other business Monday, council's safety committee voted to send an ordinance approving a fireworks contract for a first reading by the full council.

Service Director Nathan Byrd said the terms of the contract with Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pa., is for $26,250, the same price the city has paid for the past two years.

He said the contract calls for a fireworks display on July 3, with a rain date of July 5.

The contract with Pyrotecnico states the company will carry $10 million in liability insurance and is responsible for payments for any personal injury lawsuits, if it is neglectful concerning the safety of spectators.

The city is responsible for setting up restraining lines to establish a safety zone for spectators, according to instructions from the fireworks company.

Truro Township Fire Department requirements call for the city and the fire department to be notified immediately when the truck carrying the fireworks arrives in the city; that an electronic firing system must be used and that all Pyrotecnico personnel must wear protective clothing.

The next Reynoldsburg City Council meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

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