City looks to raise pay for poll workers

WEIRTON — Weirton Council is looking into increasing the pay received by those working the polling locations of municipal elections.

Council was presented Monday with an ordinance to revise, amend and re-enact Section 109.06 of the city code, establishing compensation for election officials. The first reading was approved 6-0, with Ward 5 Councilman Douglas Jackson not in attendance. It must go through a second reading to go into effect.

The ordinance is being sponsored by Ward 4 Councilman George Ash.

“All of the people who work for the city elections also work the county elections,” Ash said in explaining the proposal.

Currently, pay for ballot commissioners is $125; poll clerk/commissioners receives $100, with $15 per training; and No. 1 poll commissioner/supply commissioner receives $120, with $15 per training. Alternates receive $15 for training and return clerks receive $10 per election.

“It’s been the same pay for as long as I can remember,” Ash said, adding he knows of one pay increase in the last 24 years, on Dec. 30, 2002.

If fully passed, Ash explained, the pay rates would be increased to the same level as offered by Hancock County. Those rates would be $190 per election for ballot commissioners, $170 for poll clerk/commissioner, with $15 per training; $170 for No. 1 poll commissioner/supply commissioner, with $15 per training. Alternates and return clerks would receive the same as the current pay.

Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance modifying Ordinance 1313, establishing a new salary range for the post of city manager.

“This is only for this city manager,” Ash said.

During the city Finance Committee meeting, it was stated the pay would see an increase of $9,000, but City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo does not not city-provided health insurance. Ash said that would be a savings of between $1,400 and $1,500 a month.

In other business, council approved, b 6-0 votes:

• A resolution authorizing the city to serve as co-sponsor, through providing in-kind services, to the Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival on Oct. 20;

• An ordinance establishing a dedicated residential disability parking space at 200 Elmer Ave., for Aurdis Fazi. Under existing city code, such ordinances require only one reading.

• The first reading of an amended ordinance adopting rules of order and procedure for the Weirton Planning Commission. Ash suggested the amendment, which would allow Planning Commission members to participate by phone only under a medical emergency. The amended ordinance must be approved by a second reading.

• A resolution authorizing the filing of applications with the Federal Transit Administration for assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, Title 23 U.S. Code and other federal statutes administered by the FTA.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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