Council reviews employee matters

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council discussed personnel and finance matters while meeting for a work session Monday.

Councilwoman Carole Snyder Jones told council that no budget line item exists to cover costs associated with keeping the town police dog, which has been ill. She said the K-9 officer is surrendering the dog. Council members said the matter would be discussed further with the police department and in a committee meeting.

Snyder Jones brought up that despite a town employee position including mechanic work, the town has paid for such work on vehicles separately in the past year.

“We need to look into this, and it is costing us money,” she said.

Council members discussed the possibility of outsourcing car service duties. Review of all employee job descriptions came up as another separate matter at the work session.

Snyder Jones also brought up back wages owed to a town employee for 67 hours of mechanic work done in 2015, saying that “the ball was dropped on this.”

In light of potential future Village of Middletown development, council discussed the town’s fire official vacancy and consulted with former fire official Fred Wharton.

Wharton, the town’s current zoning administrator, said he would spend about 10 percent of his time acting as fire official, primarily inspecting commercial locations. He said that the town needed a fire official now because of what he considered to be a six month backlog of work.

Council also reviewed the amended proffer for the Village of Middletown and a flood ordinance at the work session, both of which will go to a vote at the meeting on Oct. 11.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com.