Reynoldsburg City Council agreed Monday to hire an assistant council clerk to work 20 hours per week.
After an executive session to consider the appointment, members voted unanimously to hire Melissa Salisbury to assist Clerk of Council April Beggerow. She will be paid $15.15 per hour.
Salisbury is a 1998 Reynoldsburg High School graduate who recently moved back to the city after living in Gallipolis, Ohio. She has one daughter who will attend kindergarten next school year and a daughter currently in fifth grade in Reynoldsburg.
Salisbury earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio.
In other action Monday, council heard the second reading of an ordinance authorizing a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for non-contract city employees, then voted unanimously to approve it as an emergency.
Auditor Richard Harris said the salary hike will cover about 50 employees and will cost the city about $100,000. The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1.
He said the money for the raise has already been included in the 2014 city budget.
Councilman Scott Barrett said he wanted to remind residents that council members will reopen a discussion about city finances based on recommendations from a 2011 ad hoc committee report. That discussion is expected to take place during the council committee meetings at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.
Barrett also gave a report on the status of Ward 1 and the concerns about sidewalks and code enforcement that residents there have shared with him.
"There has been a lot of interest in the city reviving the sidewalk project," he said. "The sidewalks on Ramblebrook and North Brice Road are very challenging when you are navigating that area."
Council agreed in November to revive a sidewalk repair program that began in 1994; it would require residents to pay up front for fixing damaged sidewalks in front of their homes or have the city do it and assess property owners for the work.
Money for the program would come from a city account Harris said was established originally in the mid-1990s. He told city council that $650,000 was in the account that could be used for sidewalk repairs.
As for code enforcement, Barrett said Ward 1 "still battles this because a lot of people are not caring about the code requirements."
He said high-traffic areas where drivers are speeding, namely on Briarcliff Road and Rosehill Road, have been reported to the police department.