Ohatchee Mayor Steve Baswell recommended $1,200 annual raises to City Clerk Suzanne Frederick and Police Chief Wayne Chandler. Frederick’s salary increases to $28,280 with the raise, and Chandler’s to $37,963.58. Frederick has worked for the town for two years, and Chandler for eight.
With the pay increases Tuesday, all full-time town employees have received a pay increase this year except maintenance superintendent Michael Bradley Howard, who was hired earlier this year.
The council on Tuesday also approved spending $2,500 to repair the tractor used for cutting grass in the town, as well as adoption of the Calhoun County Emergency Operations Plan. Baswell praised the plan, put together by the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, and said he had worked along with Chandler on improving the plan after the April 27, 2011, tornado hit Ohatchee and other parts of the county.
Although it wasn't on the agenda, Baswell said the council will likely need to look into updating Town Hall’s phone system soon. Phones were not properly working Monday, and Baswell said it had become a recurring problem during his tenure as mayor.
Based on estimates he did a few years ago, Baswell said a new phone system that could link Town Hall, the town’s library and senior center and feature office extensions could cost anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000.
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