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Harrison approves salary, pay increases for several township employees

Brian C. Rittmeyer

Several Harrison officials will start the new year with bigger paychecks.

Township commissioners approved the raises at their Dec. 17 meeting but didn’t release salary figures until Monday, after the Tribune-Review filed a former Right-to-Know Act request.

The salaries and wages cover non-contract full-time and part-time employees. They are included in the township’s nearly $5 million 2019 budget, which left the property tax rate unchanged at 5.106 mills.

The salary for the township’s new manager, Rich Hill, who was hired in November, was set at $46,800.

Commissioners President William Heasley initially said Hill would be paid $45 per hour, instead of getting a flat annual salary. On Monday, he said the township had to set a salary because of “technicalities.”

Hill will work less or more than eight hours a day as needed, Heasley said. In addition to his salary, he also will get medical, dental and vision benefits.

Township Secretary Susan Motosicky was given an additional title, executive administrative assistant, and her pay was increased by 50 percent, from $41,706 to $62,400.

The township no longer has an executive secretary following the retirement of long-time employee Faith Payne. Her salary in 2018 was $70,356.

Heasley said Motosicky’s pay was hiked in light of the additional responsibilities coming with her new title.

“She’s doing a lot more than she did before,” he said.

Motosicky said she has taken on all of Payne’s duties, and is running the day-to-day operations of the township’s administrative office.

Three officials received 3 percent raises. They are police Chief Mike Klein, whose salary rose to $99,299; Randy Martinka, superintendent of public works, now making $74,381; Lindsay Fraser, supervisor of the zoning and ordinance office, whose salary was bumped to $50,752.

Jody Lamison, coordinator of the zoning and ordinance office, received a 6 percent raise in her part-time hourly rate to $18 per hour.

Other increased rates include the township’s records officer, 8 percent, to $13.50 per hour; custodian, 4 percent, to $10 per hour; and crossing guards, 9 percent, to $12 per hour.

Pay for jail guards and matrons were both increased by 25 percent, to $12 per hour.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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