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Nappanee city employees may get a raise

August 8, 2012
Nappanee, Indiana -- Courtesy of Goshen News
and thanks to DENISE FEDOROW

Nappanee city employees may see a slight increase in their pay in 2013 — if the budget allows. Mayor Larry Thompson told city council members Monday night that the salary committee was going to propose the increase.

“We’re going to propose a 1 percent pay increase across the board on our pay,” Thompson said. “As long as we can make that work in the upcoming budget.”

Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle told council members she hoped to have the salary ordinance and the budget worksheet for review at the next meeting. Ingle also reported to the council that the auditors completed the audit in three weeks.

Ingle also reported that the Board of Works approved contracting Umbaugh & Associates to do a cost analysis report on the 9-1-1 communication center that will be sent to the Department of Local Government Finance. The purpose of the report is to determine the money lost by the city since the county is taking it over.

“Because when the county takes the communication center over they get our portion of the levy,” she explained.

Ben Leavitt with Mayor Larry ThompsonIntern leaving

Ben Leavitt, Indiana University (Bloomington) student, interned for the city over the summer. He’ll be returning to school next week so Mayor Thompson presented him with a gift of a laptop case with Nappanee on the front to thank him.

Thompson said he challenged Ben with two projects that had been on the back burner for awhile — creating a park-like setting at the empty corner lot next to John’s Butcher Shop and moving the recycling center.

Leavitt said he’s lived in Nappanee his whole life and knew a lot of the city employees and had some familiarity with the workings of the city, “But you never know what goes on behind the scenes until you experience it. It’s really helped me to appreciate the inner workings of the city and how we help people and help improve their lives,” Leavitt said. “I appreciate all the help and support. It’s been real fun and very rewarding.”

In other business, council members:
  • Heard Aaron Leming graduated from the police academy and is back at work.
  • Learned the fire department received another donated pet rescue kit.