The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 27, 2013

Beckley Council OKs pay raise, discusses Jamboree hotline

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Beckley Common Council was back to business as usual during the Tuesday night meeting.

Council approved longevity raises for city employees, discussed a hotline for general information during the Boy Scouts Jamboree and received bids for roof repair for the Third Avenue No. 1 Fire Station.

Mayor Emmett Pugh said during the last meeting of the fiscal year, Council approves longevity increase for city employees.

Council unanimously approved a $265 per year raise for employees who reach their sixth month of employment during the 2013-2014 fiscal year; $265 per year for employees who reach their first, second or third anniversary date; $333 per year for those who reach their fourth, fifth or sixth anniversary date; $396 for employees who reach their seventh, eighth or ninth anniversary date; $458 for employees who reach their 10th, 11th or 12th anniversary; and $520 per year for employees who reach their 13th year or greater.

These pay increases apply to all city employees except for civil service employees with fewer than six years of experience, which shall remain the same as was prior to the enactment of the resolution.

Director of Emergency Services for the City of Beckley Kevin Taylor discussed with Council two general information hotlines that will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the Boy Scout Jamboree, July 15-24.

The numbers are 681-238-5830 and 681-238-5831.

Pugh said the IT department had two phone lines that were not being used, so they would be utilized during this time to provide general information for visitors and Scouts.

“I think it’s going to be good for the event,” Pugh said.

Councilwoman Ann Worley said in addition to this hotline, she would also like to ask citizens to do their part to make the city look its best during the Jamboree, whether that means mowing their lawn or helping a neighbor pick up trash.

Councilman Tom Sopher passed out a couple of articles from The State Journal that reflected that Beckley has the eighth largest population in the state, but is only a couple thousand away from being the fifth most populous.

He mentioned potentially annexing some areas to close in the “donut holes” and reach a higher total.

“We’re the heart of what’s going on,” he added.

In other business, two bids were received for the roof repair and modification of the Third Avenue No. 1 Fire Station.

WG Contracting and Development of Beckley submitted a bid of $26,700, and Foamcoat Roofing and Coating, located in Davisville, submitted a bid of $20,384. They will be reviewed by reviewed by Councilmen-at-Large Tim Berry and Cedric Robertson, Fire Chief Billie Trump and city Treasurer Gary Sutphin.

The next Common Council meeting will be held July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com