Cutting three staff positions will save Pickerington $200,000 next year, according to a 2011 budget proposal from city manager Bill Vance.

Cutting three staff positions will save Pickerington $200,000 next year, according to a 2011 budget proposal from city manager Bill Vance.

Pickerington City Council is expected to hear the first reading of the budget legislation on Dec. 7.

The cuts would only affect two positions currently staffed because one involves the city's building inspector, George Parsley, who was fired last July for allegedly failing to properly conduct his duties. In September, Parsley received a settlement from the city that paid him $22,911 for the remainder of this year.

Under Vance's proposal, Parsley's position will not be funded in 2011. He also has suggesting eliminating the positions of city planning and zoning director Lance Schultz and code enforcement officer Danny Mahaffey.

He said economic development director Susan Crotty and chief building official Chet Hopper would take on the responsibilities of the outgoing employees.

"Due to a (council) commitment not to use general fund reserves - or rainy-day funds - I proposed eliminating the funding for three positions funded by the city in 2010," Vance said.

"The recommendations to not fund the building inspector position, the senior planner position and the code enforcement position were strictly related to the prioritization of employee resources in 2011," he said. "Funding development-related positions when the economy is slow becomes less of an operational priority."

For more on the city's 2011 budget, see the Dec. 2 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.