Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Police overtime pay to be adjusted

July 22, 2010

An ordinance to eliminate some overtime pay for police officers was unanimously approved on first reading at Monday’s Baldwin City Council meeting.

Currently, the Baldwin City Police Department’s schedule calls for 12-hour shifts for each officer, which has meant a built-in four hours of overtime. However, the Fair Labor Standards Act allows for 86 hours to be worked by police and fire personnel before overtime has to be paid.

Before the matter was voted on, Mayor Ken Wagner asked Sgt. Mike Underwood what the feeling of the officers was on the measure.

“The general consensus of the department is this is fair,” said Underwood. “We’re fine with this.”

That’s what Wagner wanted to hear.

“I appreciate the department’s attitude,” said Wagner. “I think it’s a good attitude for our police officers to have.”

The move, when approved on second reading at the next council meeting, will mean a savings of 728 hours of overtime pay during a year’s time.

It was the only action item of the night for the council, which had a routine agenda to deal with. There were several discussion items, however.

Public Works Director Bill Winegar told the council that the 11th Street sewer project is complete and there will be a walk-through inspection of it this week. He also said that Lawrence Street from U.S. Highway 56 to High Street will be closed for about a week to through traffic for another project.

Council Member Tom Farmer said that the public safety committee has talked to local artist Gerard Arantowicz about drawing a map to explain the Safe Routes to School program to students in the elementary schools.

Zoning and Codes Inspector Tina Rakes said the massive concrete panels that will be used to build the safe room at the new Performing Arts Center between Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School will start moving into town Tuesday.

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