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Elyria Finance Committee recommends Council OK pay raises for seasonal workers

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ELYRIA — City Council’s Finance Committee voted Monday to send to Council a recommended 25-cent increase in the minimum wage for part-time seasonal city workers.

The increase, from $8.30 to $8.55, keeps the city up to date with Ohio’s minimum wage laws, Finance Director Ted Pileski said.

The change will not take effect until next year and will be included in that year’s budget, he added.

The committee also recommended to Council it abolish several job titles that have not been in use but remain in the salary ordinance. Those include mechanic’s helper, parking attendant, accounting clerk, assessment server and acting building inspector.

Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said the city’s 2012-13 performance audit found the city had “way too many salary categories.” Those recommended for elimination haven’t been used in several years, and remained unfilled.

For example: The city’s last parking attendant was laid off during the Great Recession, but the position remained on the books, the committee learned.

Plus, “we don’t have any parking meters anymore,” deputy city auditor John Farrell said.

Siwierka said city officials frequently provide Council with new job titles to add to the list, and can do so if any of the eliminated titles are required in the future.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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