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Greensburg reconfigures workforce

| 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