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Village Council Approves 2% Wage Increase For Employees

Following the recommendation of Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, village council approved a two percent wage increase for village employees.

The unanimous decision was made during the Monday, Nov. 17 council meeting. It is effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Howell said the finance committee agreed the wage increase is not “as aggressive” as past increases, which were sometimes four percent, but the two percent is in line because of the down economy.

According to Howell, village employees are concerned about the health insurance contribution. Council also agreed to continue the insurance contribution at two percent.

The finance committee also reviewed the wage rate for seasonal employees. According to Howell, that rate “will probably be frozen for 2009.”

Ed Leininger, councilman who chairs the finance committee, said he is happy with the wage contract.

Howell said department heads worked hard to hold down expenses this year.

Joan Lovejoy, village income tax administrator, reported that the income tax collection is down between two and three percent from last year.

Stop Sign Turned Down

A request for a stop sign at the corner of West and Unions streets was not approved. Phil Nofziger, a West Street resident, sent a letter to council requesting the sign. He did not attend the meeting.

Howell said work on an annex to the village office on East Lutz Road is progressing.

Kevin Morton, member of council and park board, talked about a problem with the Ruihley Park Scout Cabin. It is settling on the southeast corner, and must be excavated before concrete is placed under the building.

Name New Street

Council approved the name Victory Lane for a new street running southwest of Archbold High School. It will connect with Archbold Evangelical Church.

All members of council were present at the meeting.

The next meeting is Monday, Dec. 1.

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