Hobart council approves longevity funding

2013-10-02T20:30:00Z 2013-10-02T22:59:03Z Hobart council approves longevity fundingDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Mayor Brian Snedecor termed action taken by the City Council on Wednesday "housekeeping."

"It's not a raise," Snedecor said.

The City Council approved an ordinance transferring money into the general fund for various city departments to cover longevity expenses.

Longevity pay was increased last year from $110 to $125 for city employees and elected officials.

Starting this year, full-time employees with at least one year of service became entitled to the longevity pay spread over the year, Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said.

Longer said the longevity pay was increased last year in lieu of pay increases.

The City Council earlier this summer approved pay raises for elected officials and city employees.

Elected officials are in line to receive 2 percent raises in 2014, while Hobart city employees could receive raises of up to 2 percent.

It's been about three years since city employees have had a raise, City Councilman Matt Claussen, D-at-large, said.

Claussen serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.

In other business, City Councilman Jerry Herzog, D-1st, displayed the silver excellence award brought back from the Solid Waste Association of North America or SWANA conference.

The conference was held in Long Beach, Calif.

The award, under the category of Special Waste Management, was given to the city because of its latex paint recycling facility.

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