Council to vote on raising ambulance rates

By Christopher Selmek - [email protected]

Urbana City Council will vote on an ordinance raising ambulance service rates and charges after its third reading at the regular council meeting on Tuesday. After the ordinance’s first reading, council member Dwight Paul said in reviewing the ordinance he discovered that basic life support is increasing by 1 percent, advanced life support one by 2 percent, and advanced life support two by 2.5 percent. Ambulance service rates have not increased since July 2015.

Council will hear a resolution to authorize the director of administration to sign all documents required for the combination of the Ohio Department of Transportation Urbana Paving Program with ODOT’s US-36/US-68 Intersection Improvement that will temporarily close monument square later this summer. This resolution may be passed after its first reading.

Also at this meeting, council will hear the second reading of eight ordinances establishing the salary and benefits for the fire chief, assistant fire chief, central staff employees, police chief, police lieutenant, director of administration, director of finance and director of law. City administrator Kerry Brugger said that these salary ordinances hadn’t been addressed since 2011, although council removed the expiration date from them in 2013.

“As we have been through the last couple of labor contracts, it seemed pretty clear in the salary ordinances and the central staff ordinance that we really needed to do a deeper dive into what we had in them and dig into the content,” he said. “Hence you’ll see … that the fire chief, the police chief, assistant fire chief and lieutenants, their ordinances have drastically changed. The number of pages went from 12-14 down to 2-3. As we were reviewing the central staff ordinance, which is actually the hub of all of these, we found that all their individual ordinances were a virtual repeat of the central staff ordinance.”

Brugger said that after revising the central staff ordinance, he next deleted language from the individual ordinances that was the same as that in the central staff ordinance. The ordinances will be updated every three years following the passage of labor agreements.

Central staff employees have a pay range in accordance with seven established pay grades: pay grade 1, $8.50 per hour to $19.00 per hour; pay grade 2, $24,516 annually to $40,393; pay grade 3, $26,823 to $45,580; pay grade 4, $32,730 to $50,178; pay grade 5, $39,697 to $61,541; pay grade 6, $44,151 to $70,991; and pay grade 7, $59,964 to $91,959. Additionally, all employees are to receive a base wage increase of 2.25 percent, 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent in each of the respective years, and are eligible for periodic merit increases within the established salary range.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021, the fire chief will be paid in accordance with an annual pay range of $83,446 to $95,366; the assistant fire chief with an annual pay range of $79,472 to $90,826; the police chief with an annual pay range of $83,446 to $95,366; the police lieutenant with an annual pay range of $79,472 to $90,826; the director of administration with an annual pay range of $89,475 to $111,844; the director of finance with an annual pay range of $75,347 to $94,184; and the director of law with an annual pay range of $72,425 to $108,554.

Brugger said that he would be reviewing all job descriptions later in the year.

By Christopher Selmek

[email protected]

Christopher Selmek can be reached at 937-508-2304

Christopher Selmek can be reached at 937-508-2304