Greensburg reconfigures workforce
By Bob Stiles
Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
Tom Bell, superintendent of Mt. Odin Golf Course, will be taking on more responsibility for the City of Greensburg.
During a meeting Monday, council expanded Bell's duties to include superintendent of buildings, property and maintenance department.
He succeeds Pat Cribbs, who retired after 44 years of service to the city, the last as lead electrician and supervisor of the department.
Bell's added employment will be on a probationary period for up to six months, council members said.
Bell will receive $6,240 for the added responsibility, raising his annual salary to $57,740, City Administrator Sue Trout said.
Council voted, 5-0, to open up the 2014 wage ordinance to amend Bell's salary.
“We're going to monitor it. I believe he and I will make it work,” Trout said.
She called Bell a good manager who will be overseeing an experienced staff.
Cribbs' retirement took effect Jan. 8. Council does not expect to hire a lead electrician to replace Cribbs, Trout said.
In another matter, council set Solicitor Bernard McArdle's salary and hourly rate.
He will receive $24,330 as an annual base salary and a hourly rate of $150 for handling such matters as lawsuits, contract negotiations and code issues.
City taxpayers paid McArdle the same base salary and hourly rate in 2013.
Lou DeRose, solicitor of the city zoning hearing board and planning commission, will receive a total $7,600 as salary to advise both boards and $125 as an hourly rate, the same as last year.
Council will vote next month on revisions to the “Peddling and Soliciting” ordinance.
City officials have proposed shortening the hours permitting such activity to 9 a.m. to dusk. Currently, the hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition, peddlers will have to submit a different application that includes a more extensive background check than in the past, Trout said.
A few unwanted door-to-door solicitations in the past inspired the proposed changes, Trout said.
In appointments, council:
• Selected John Lynch for the recreation board.
• Reappointed Steve Gifford, executive director of the Greensburg Community Development Corp., and Barbara Ciampini, the city planner, to three-year terms on the Historic and Architectural Rehabilitative Board.
• Reappointed Charlotte Kuhns to a three-year term on the zoning hearing board.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.