It was a busy night for the Zanesville City Council. Mayor Jeff Tilton and the other elected officials and council members were sworn in, and they tackled 26 items on the agenda.
On December 27th, council voted to give the mayor, auditor, treasurer and law director positions raises every year for the next four years, but Former Mayor Howard Zwelling vetoed the legislation two days later. On Monday, council overturned the veto, and the four city officials will receive 2.5% pay raises.
"The former mayor vetoed the ordinance as it was presented back in December," said Tilton. "Tonight the council brought it back up, overrode his veto, and now it will pass as legislation."
Although the ordinance passed, Tilton said Law Director Scott Hillis is getting an opinion from the Ohio Ethics Commission, and the subject will be addressed at the next meeting. Meanwhile, unaffiliated employees will see their wages frozen at current levels because of the elimination of step increases for 2012.
"For right now, their step increases have been frozen until such time as they go through the negotiations and get the union contracts settled," said Tilton. "As in the past, the ordinance has been brought back, and the raises have been accordingly to the union raises."
Council also passed an ordinance approving a labor agreement with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 88 on a new three-year contract. In other council news, Connie Norman will hang on to her position as President Pro Tempore, and Vicki Figgins will continue to serve as the Clerk of Council.