Alabaster amends pay plan

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 2, 2006

The Alabaster City Council did away with incentive pay for future employees and amended its pay plan with regard to fire personnel Monday night.

The council approved resolutions to abolish incentive pay for employees employed after May 5, but grandfathered those who were hired before May 6 and who had already begun efforts to earn a higher degree.

The council also resolved to amend the pay plan for fire personnel with paramedic certification.

Firefighters with certification will see their pay grades change from 17 to 18; apparatus operators with certification will go from Grades 18 to 19; and lieutenants with certification will go from Grades 22 to 23.

Personnel Director Clark Boyd said the change in classification amounts to an increase in the budget for salaries of less than $1,800 overall.

The council set a public hearing for June 5 on an ordinance to create an Alabaster Municipal Housing Code Abatement Board.

It approved the purchase of a rear loading garbage truck from Ingram Equipment at a cost of $95,860.80 and a four-door Ford Explorer for the city&8217;s narcotics officer not to exceed $25,000 in cost. The narcotics vehicle will be purchased from federal asset funds.

The council also approved a revised fiscal year 2006 budget.

The changes show an increase in General Fund revenues of $365,849 to $19,823,826 and an increase in expenses of $758,127 to $19,105,149.

It also includes a decrease in the reserve fund of $392,278 to $718,677. But those $718,677 will be added to the current reserve of $3,521,445.

The sewer fund will see an increase in revenues over expenses of $1,463,672. But changes in garbage fund revenues, expenses and transfers will result in a negative $18,395.

Among other actions the council:

uApproved a legal description and survey for the Oikon Project Site where a hotel will be developed and the city property will be improved.

uSet a public hearing for June 19 on a rezoning request from Troy and Kay Durrett for 4.46 acres from R-1 to R-3 at the end of Third Court S.W.

uApproved a resolution to allow the Alabama Department of Transportation to resurface and widen U.S. Highway 31 from the Colonial Promenade South to .75 miles of I-65 in Calera.

uAppointed Takeshia M. Dozier to the Business and Marketing Board and Kenneth Shaw to the Civil Service Board.

uAmended the zoning ordinance to allow shorter setbacks for property that backs up to unzoned property, a road or public right-of-way.

uSet a work session for 5 p.m. May 15