TROY — Troy City Council will have its third reading of an ordinance to establish an ordinance for the purpose of part-time firefighter personnel at Monday’s meeting.
Prior to official business, president Marty Baker announced a third option to council and Troy City Fire Department’s Chief Chris Boehringer in front of an audience with many members of the fire department present.
“At the present time there appears to be two choices for council to make on the ordinance O-19-14 for either for or against that ordinance,” Baker stated Monday. “I’m suggesting that there could also be a third option, which would send this ordinance back to the staff level to work out the various differences, questions and conflicts, before bringing it back to council. This would take a motion, a second and a roll call vote. It is, of course, council’s decision which way to proceed.”
Council member Bobby Phillips was not in attendance on Monday.
After the meeting, Baker said she offered the third option because, “It is not council’s job to be the mediator between the chief and his firefighters.”
Council member John Schweser moved to suspend the rules and council member Alan Clark seconded the motion. The motion to suspend the rules was voted down with council members Robin Oda and William Twiss voting no, which made the resolution go to a third reading. According to city of Troy Law Director Jim Livingston, council needed seven members to vote in favor to suspend the rules.
The ordinance seeks to establish hourly rates of $13 an hour for part-time firefighter/EMT and $14 an hour for part-time firefighter/paramedic.
Troy Fire Department Chief Boehringer’s current proposal seeks to hire two part-time employees, which was reduced from his initial request of 24 part-time personnel in his April proposal.
Boehringer’s proposal also includes to keep the department’s current level of 38 full-time uniformed paramedic staffing with no future reduction in full-time personnel.
No public comments were made at the meeting in reference to the ordinance.
In other news:
• (R-26-2014) Bid Adams Street Improvement Phase 2 for an estimated cost of $555,000 was approved by council. Council member Robin Oda voted no on the project. For more details about the project, see Thursday’s Troy Daily News.
• (R-27-2014) Bid North Market Street/Piqua-Troy Road/Troy-Urbana Road Intersection Realignment was approved by council. Council member Robin Oda voted no on the project.
• (R-29-2014) Council approved the 2015 Tax Budget. There was a public hearing held prior to the vote.