Council to vote on longevity pay

PARKERSBURG – City Council will meet Tuesday to vote on the indefinite suspension of longevity pay for employees.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor council chambers in the city’s Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

The longevity pay ordinance will have its second and final reading Tuesday. Officials last month unanimously approved the first reading.

The ordinance would suspend employee longevity pay until it would be reinstated by council. This effectively suspends the longevity pay increases indefinitely, but would allow council to put it back in place in some form at a later date.

Several other pay related ordinances, including employee raises and reclassifications for the 2013-14 fiscal year, also will be up for final votes. Those items were included in the council-approved 2013-14 budget, but must still go through individual approval.

Prior to the meeting, the city’s Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the small conference room. The committee will discuss and possibly take action on a plan to give money and a tax break to Uptowner Lodging, a group seeking to renovate and reopen the Uptowner Inn in downtown Parkersburg. Officials announced a deal March 29, but it still must go through committee and council approval.

Also scheduled is a discussion and possible action on the Save a Kitty Feral Cat program.