SALINEVILLE-An uneventful meeting of the Salineville Board of Public Affairs yielded good news for one village employee.
The board motioned to approve a minimum 2 hour call out pay on weekends for village maintenance worker Travis Needham, after Mayor Mary Smith brought the issue to their attention during the public comments portion of Monday's meeting. This means if Needham is called out to the village's problematic sewage treatment plant on a weekend he will automatically receive pay for two hours.
According to Smith, the village pays street maintenance worker Ralph Ross for a minimum of 2 hours when he is called out to the village during the weekend.
"I think it would be fair to handle it like the village handles Ross," said board vice president Bud Taggert. Needham previously claimed only a half an hour's worth of pay in instances where he had been called to the sewage plant on the weekend, according to Smith. Village employees do not typically work late on weekends unless they are requested by village officials to come tend to urgent matters.
The board was in agreement that establishing a 2 hour minimum pay for weekend call outs would make it more worth Needham's time to respond to such requests from village officials. According to board members and Smith, Needham often works 7 days a week maintaining the approximately 30 year old village sewage plant which provides no shortage of things to fix and maintain.
"Every day he is going down and making sure the grates are cleaned off, because that has to be done every day," said Smith.
In other business:
*Mayor Smith swore in new Board of Public Affairs member Kim Adams before the meeting.
* Board approved placing an advertisement in local papers accepting sealed bids for a village owned 1979 field Jimmy Sludge Truck and various lengths of pipe. The board will open the bids April 8.