Lowell gets preliminary OK to add paid firefighter job to salary ordinance

2014-03-23T18:00:00Z 2014-03-23T20:35:05Z Lowell gets preliminary OK to add paid firefighter job to salary ordinanceMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 23, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council has given preliminary approval to including the town's first paid firefighter position in the salary ordinance.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters offered a sample job description based on ones the town uses for other supervisory positions. The Lowell Volunteer Fire Department provided a sample job description as well.

The council agreed Walters should solicit quotes from companies that align job descriptions with salary ordinances. Walters will investigate suitable firms and report to the council the cost.

If a company is retained, that firm will prepare the firefighter job description with input from the fire chief, assistant chief and Walters.

Walters received the council's approval to begin a system approved by the State Board of Accounts that would put federal grant earnings into Lowell police officers' pockets sooner.

Walters said it is "taking so long" to get seat belt enforcement grant money. Most recently, officers were paid in February for work done in September, she said.

In another matter, Shook reported on upcoming road paving projects. Although a list of streets in need of paving had been generated by his department with input from the council, he will be reassessing because of the harsh winter. As the snow melts, new problem areas have been identified, he said.

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