NORTHFIELD — Three resolutions setting the rates of pay for full-time and part-time fire department personnel and a handful of other village employees were recently approved by Village Council. The raises amount to 2.5%.

Under one resolution, among several that were approved Dec. 23, Police Chief John Zolgus will receive $83,961 in 2020 and Law Director Brad Bryan will receive a general retainer of $34,077, plus $129 per hour for additional work. Their 2019 salaries were $81,913 and $33,246, respectively. The finance assistant will receive $21.53 per hour.

Fire Chief Jason Buss will receive $30,008 per year, an increase from $29,276. Hourly rates for full-time fire department personnel will be as follows: captain, $23.77; lieutenant, $22.11; probationary firefighters, $17.14; one-plus year of full-time service, $17.80; two-plus years, $18.86; three-plus years, $19.71; and four-plus years, $20.57.

Part-time fire department personnel will receive the following hourly amounts: captain-paramedic, $18.13; captain-EMT, $16.95; lieutenant-paramedic, $17.70; lieutenant-EMT, $16.33; fire-paramedic, $17.26; and firefighter-EMT, $16.13.

With the village preparing for renovations at the fire station, Buss was authorized to dispose of unneeded equipment, while Councilwoman Renell Noack reported she has received 19 applications for military banners to be placed along Northfield Road.

Village Engineer Richard Wasosky reported the planning commission is reviewing plans for a new Dollar General store on Northfield Road between Kennedy and Lowry boulevards. The panel will meet Jan. 15 to discuss a final site plan, with a recommendation likely to be voted on by Council later in January.

Wasosky asked Council reps to let him know of any projects for which the village could apply for Ohio Public Works Commission grants or loans in 2020. He suggested a traffic signal at Route 8 and Meadow Lane and repaving of roads behind Summit Plaza could be two possible projects.

Service Director-Building Superintendent Jason Walters reported crews made three passes on every street to pick up leaves this fall, and a new collection machine "worked really well." He said the village may want to consider leasing, rather than buying, new salt trucks/snowplows in the future.

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