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  • Arma approves city staff raises

  • Arma city employees will receive a raise for 2013 after not getting raises in 2012.



    The Arma City Council at its Monday night meeting voted to give city employees — from volunteer firefighters to summer employees — a two percent increase in wages across the board, City Clerk Bette Lessen said. The three lowest-paid employees will get an additional $1 increase.

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  • Arma city employees will receive a raise for 2013 after not getting raises in 2012.
    The Arma City Council at its Monday night meeting voted to give city employees — from volunteer firefighters to summer employees — a two percent increase in wages across the board, City Clerk Bette Lessen said. The three lowest-paid employees will get an additional $1 increase.
    The council felt they needed to be closer to the group,” Lessen said. City employees did not receive wage increases in 2012, Lessen said, but in 2011 received increases of one percent in January and one and a half percent in June.
    The council also is resuming negotiations with Franklin Rural Water District No. 7. Board members David Saia and Rick Elnicky appeared at Monday’s meeting and proposed that the city re-enter a contract to sell water to the district and possibly acquire the district as a whole, Lessen said.
    The district previously had a contract to purchase water from the district but ended it after negotiations to acquire the district had stalled.
    Lessen said the council wanted to wait to make a decision until it has a chance to meet with members of RWD No. 7 and RWD No. 2, which also supplies water to Franklin and with whom the city could face potential legal repercussions.
    The three entities will meet for discussion at the council’s Jan. 7 meeting.
    Council president Buddy Bualle also presented council members with a list of 12 goals the city would like to move toward in 2013. Council members will look over the goals and prioritize them before settling on the order at the next meeting. The goals include:
    • Move forward with development of the Westland Acres annex
    • Revisit plans for adding a walking path to Hookie Park
    • Revisit plans to obtain the Eagles building and property for conversion to a new community center
    • Improve work efficiency for all departments
    • Increase business through the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Improve and expand Christmas lights
    • Consider purchasing a vacuum machine for use in ditches and culverts
    • Enter discussion with residents at the intersection of W. South Street and 640 Ave. west of Arma who purchase water to discuss annexation (if feasible)
    • Explore power generation through alternative sources
    • Consider partnering with another entity such as a hospital or school to provide a space for exercise and therapy equipment in town
    • Consider converting to automated meter system for water and electricity
    • Consider hiring a website manager
    Also Monday, the council voted to return to the oversight system it used before hiring a city manager four years ago. Council member Rock Anderson will supervise the city’s finance department,
    Johnnie Logiudici will supervise Parks and Recreation, Ray Vail will supervise the city’s police and fire departments and Dick Cleland will supervise the streets and electric departments.
    Page 2 of 2 - Whomever fills the seat recently vacated by former mayor Chris Pommier, who resigned his post Nov. 19 to take a full-time job at St. Mary’s Colgan High School, will be put in charge the city’s water and sewer departments.
    Arma resident who are interested in the position should send a letter of interest, which should include reasons for interest in the position and personal qualifications, to Arma City Hall by Dec. 28.
    The council will appoint a new member, if a qualified candidate arises, at its Monday, Jan. 7 meeting.
    City librarian Brenda Banks updated the council on library activities and said 90 people had used library equipment in the month of November.
    The city’s Christmas lights contest will be judged tonight.
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