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.

- - STACY MILLBERG - Staff Writer

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