SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - - Several township employees received pay increases at Tuesday's regular meeting.
The raises were between 4 percent and 4.5 percent increases, said Trustee Peggy Carlo. Up to this point, trustees issued raises according to a straight percentage across the board for all employees.
"If you're (pay is) low in the beginning, then a low increase doesn't make much of a difference," Carlo said.
Assistant Fire Chief John Jyurovat's salary was increased to $10,800 per year, for the part-time position.
"The assistant fire chief is part-time but he does many things, especially when the chief is out," she said.
Fire Chief William Kaiser's salary increased to $55,800 per year. Carlo said Kaiser is not the highest paid fire chief in the county, but he is moving right along.
Road Superintendent Marc Pope's salary increased to $42,000. Pope also serves as cemetery sexton for the township, but did not receive an increase for that position as well.
"Marc puts in a lot of hours," Carlo said. "If we had to pay him an hourly wage, it would be much more."
Zoning Inspector Gary Timonere's salary increased to $30,300. Carlo said Timonere does a lot of other things for the township besides zoning.
In other business, trustees approved the purchase of a new backhoe for the Road Department at a cost of $103,000. The purchase was put on hold for awhile until the new Road Department building was constructed. Pope said the price of the equipment actually decreased and the warranty improved.
Star Beacon Print Edition: 3/1/2007