Nichole Hannahs

Temporary Workers Hired to Help City

by Nichole Hannahs on October 22, 2012 at 10:23 am

An ordinance passes through Zanesville City Council hiring three temporary employees for the city.

The employees are retired communications officers and will be hired through a temporary employment agency to work at least 90 days. The hope is to allow current dispatchers take delayed vacations and save the city money on overtime.

The city has hired three permanent dispatchers that are in the process of training. Public Safety Director Fred Buck said this will elevate some stress placed on current dispatchers.

"Dispatchers try to protect their police officers, their firefighters and the public," explained Buck . "They’re the first line of defense. We’re working on a lot of things to change dispatch to make it better here in Zanesville and they are very receptive to everything we’ve tried."

The temporary dispatchers will make over $17.00 an hour and council will pay a fee to the employment agency.

Also passed was an ordinance allowing G&M Construction to begin repair to a damaged hanger at the Zanesville Municipal Airport. The hanger was damaged in July during storms in our area.

"There was some damage to one of the walls, a couple roof panels and as well as a couple of the doors," said Public Service Director Mike Sims. "They’re rather large doors, being an airplane hanger."

The estimated cost of the project is over $29,000 all but a $1,000 deductible will be paid through an insurance settlement.

In other council news, an ordinance passed allowing City Law Director Scott Hillis to lease an office at City Hall. Hillis will pay the city $400 a month for the space.