Several Hanceville city employees will soon have some extra spending money.

During the regular session of the Hanceville City Council meeting Monday, the council unanimously approved pay increases for dispatchers, the city clerk, the court clerk, a police investigator and members of the fire department.

The city clerk will receive a $1 per hour increase effective July 18 due to her passing her city clerk certification. The clerk will receive an additional $1 per hour effective Oct. 10 due to her passing certification for clerk magistrate.

“She needed that certification because she has to fill when the court clerk is out,” Mayor Katie Whitley said.

Starting pay for dispatchers was increased to $8 per hour effective July 25. Whitley said the council decided to increase pay for city dispatchers due to the increases in minimum wage.

“The minimum waging hour will be $7.25 next year,” Whitley said. “We have to keep up.”

Dispatchers will receive a $1 per hour increase when they pass their APCO certification course and another $1 per hour once they pass their NCIC certification.

The court clerk will receive a 50 cent per hour increase effective July 18. The city police department’s investigator will receive a 50 cent per hour increase effective July 25.

“He did not get an increase the last time police got pay raises,” Whitley said. “They were all hourly and he was salary so he did not get one then.”

Effective Friday, city firefighters who have worked a year with the department will receive a $20 per week increase. Those who have worked two years with the department will receive an additional $20 per week and firefighters who have worked three years will receive yet another $20 per week increase for a total of an extra $3,120 a year.

Uncertified Hanceville firefighters currently make $21,900 a year. Firefighters with certification receive $22,900 a year.

“The chief asked for the increase,” Whitley said. “They (firefighters) nearly have to work two jobs to make ends meet.”

In other business the council:

‰ approved a request to repair 18 of Hanceville’s jail cell beds for $4,865.70.

‰ approved the purchase of an S-10 Chevrolet truck for the street department at a cost of $6,750.

‰ agreed to close a portion of Mill Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 9 for a car show.

‰ amended the budget to pay for a $125,000 land purchase for the C.W. Day Park made during a previous council meeting.

‰ Purchased a high school football stadium sign for $150.

‰ Passed Resolution No. 532 to pay the absentee ballot manager $25 a day for 45 days.

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