Panel to consider compensation for Hobart city employees
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent December 5, 2012 9:08PM
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:17AM
HOBART — The City Council on Wednesday established a three-member committee to work with the Teamsters union to revisit working conditions of city employees, including compensation.
“There’s a lot we need to talk about. I want to take some definitive action after the first of the year,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said.
Councilman John Brezik, D-5th, said the committee will probably be looking at more perks for employees, such as an additional holiday or vacation day, in lieu of a raise given the fact the city doesn’t have much money to work with.
Council President Dave Vinzant, D-4th, said the city hasn’t given employees raises for the last couple of years.
The committee will include Councilmen Mathew Claussen, D-at large, Jerry Herzog, D-1st, and P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd.
Brezik said the council works with the Teamsters because the union represents some city employees.
The council also adopted an ordinance that reflects some minor changes in the five district boundaries for the election of the council members. Brezik said there will be five or six changes altogether in precincts throughout the city.
He said municipalities are required to redistrict every 10 years to account for population shifts.
“Populations need to be as equal as possible in each district,” Brezik said.
In other matters, the council said residents can comment on a draft of the city’s Americans with Disabilities transition plan until noon Dec. 14. The plan is available for review in Clerk-Treasurer Deb Longer’s office in City Hall, 414 Main St.
The city needs to adopt its plan by Dec. 31.