09/15/13 — Salaries on city agenda

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Salaries on city agenda

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on September 15, 2013 1:50 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will continue its conversation on a compensation and classification study at its meeting Monday. The discussion will be held during the council's work session that starts at 5 p.m. The regular Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

The study is aimed at verifying that the salaries provided to Goldsboro employees are comparable to other similar municipality's salaries in our area.

Seventeen municipalities were involved in the study, including Greenville, New Bern, Smithfield, Selma and Raleigh.

The study's final report suggested a 2 percent raise for all employees as well as ensuring that all employees at least meet the minimum salary levels established by placing the Goldsboro pay levels in the 50th percentile among the other municipalities.

According to the study, bringing salaries to the recommended level would cost the city about $528,000.

If an employee being brought up to the minimum exceeded the recommended 2 percent raise, then the employee would not get an additional increase.

The Council requested more information from Phil Robertson with The Mercer Group, which completed the study, to be included in the report before voting to accept the study and to decide whether to follow its recommendations.

Councilman William Goodman requested information on the nearly 440 city employees' individual salaries to be sure all employees get their "fair share."

Councilman Chuck Allen requested information on the benefits package offered to city employees.

The Council will also discuss the possibility of a bond referendum to pay for Parks and Recreation projects across the city. The conversation will focus on the Recreation Advisory Committee's recommendations for which projects should take priority.

More information will be made available about the TIGER 2013 grant the city is receiving for the U.S. Department of Transportation for transportation projects in the city.

The $10 million grant will possibly go to fund Streetscape, the GATEWAY transfer center and the renovation of Goldsboro Union Station.

Three public hearings will be held during the council meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss the city's drafts of annual evaluation reports, a game room on U.S. 117 South and a gathering hall off of Corporate Drive.

The possible annexation of the Butterball property off Millers Chapel Road near New Hope Road will be up for a vote Monday. The vote is to decide if the city clerk can examine the annexation petition to determine if it is sufficient to annex the property.

The United Way of Wayne County will request street closings from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12 for its Taste of Wayne event.

Twelve houses will go before council for condemnation Monday to be demolished this year with the $93,000 of funding the Inspections Department received for demolition this fiscal year.