FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2012
This week is National Fire Prevention Week, established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The theme for National Fire Prevention Week is "Having Two Ways Out." Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston said when you are in your home, you should have two exit points from any room. If you are in your bedroom and your fire alarm goes off, you may not be able to escape using the door because of a fire in the hallway. In such a case, you might go out a window or use another option. For more information about National Fire Prevention Week or help preparing a fire escape plan, contact your local fire department.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEGOTIATION RESULTS
At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager Willey spoke about the contract negotiations for the Public Works, Water, and Waste Water union contract, which have been going on since June 1. Contract negotiations resulted in a contract for approval. The new contract language provides for significant changes to the method used to compute pay. The prior contract had separate pay rates for different departments and different bonuses for training.
The new contract gets all three departments on same scale and allows for more training for the street department, which increases skills and opens pay-increase opportunities for department workers. Pay raises in the contract are about 2% per year over the three-year contract.
Pay increases have been calculated for city staff not represented by the contract. The treasurer’s pay does not change. Pay increases include 3% for the city clerk, 2% for the city manager, and an 8% increase for Bill Grider who now manages the Street, Water, and Sewer departments.
Scott Lurkins, who has been serving as Economic Development Coordinator at a two-year internship rate of $15.00 per hour, has been put on a salary of $48,000.00 per year. This action was included in the budget. All other pay increases are 2%.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY KITS PROVIDED BY SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC CO-OP
Halloween is only a few weeks away. Southwestern Electric Co-Operative provides free safety kits for trick-or-treaters. Kits will be available for children age 12 and younger until the end of the month or until they run out. They contain a recyclable trick-or-treat bag and some glow sticks. In Bond County, kits are available at the Southwestern Electric Cooperative headquarters in Greenville, Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Greenville Police Department, Mulberry Grove Village Hall, Pocahontas Village Hall, and Village of Pierron Billing Office.