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    Posted: Mar 01 2018 at 1:15pm


Mr. Brock reported that the Public Works Committee and Public Safety Committee has met to discuss 
the employee changes in the Departments of Public Works and Police.

In  the  Department  of  Public  Works  they would  like  to  add  five  new  employees  this  year 
 that would consist of four for a new crew and an Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer.

The  Police  Department  is  requesting six  new  employees.   The  Lieutenants  would  become  the 
Captains and add an additional lieutenant and sergeant, which would put an additional level in 
between  the  lieutenants  and  the  Chief.    The  positions  of  sergeants,  lieutenants,  and  
captains would be promotions under filled with police officers and add three additional officers 
and one additional dispatcher.

On the administrative side we talked about moving one part-time position to a full time position
at the front desk.  We have three positions now, two full time and one part time and the request is

to make all three of those positions the same at the same rate.   They revolve for each other and 
back up each other.

We looked at the overall forecast with these positions as we develop and continue to grow.  Mr. 
Brock  provided  Council  a  copy  of  the  forecast  with  the  new  revenue  and  the  proposed  
new positions and the debt service for a new police facility. We will provide a separation of the 
new monies so that you can see the separation of the new funds.  For Public Works the additional 
cost is $338,344 for the first year in 2018.  Mr. Brock noted that this is based on a full year; 
however, since we are already into 2018, it will be less than that.   Police is $387,417 for those 
positions. Also included are the estimates that we have for debt service.   You can see the  growth 
in the expenditures, but you can see the dramatic increase in revenue.   Even adding these 
employees we  still  have  $2  million  per  year  to  address  parks  and  capital  improvements.  
 
For  the  public works  positions  there  are  another  five  positions  he  is  seeking  in  2020 
 also  reflected  in  the forecast.  We have provided what we feel is a good plan in place to 
address our growth needs.

Mr. Clark thanked Mr. Brock for the information.  With the additional public works employees, Mr. 
Hickman sought confirmation that the first five would be now and additional five later.  Mr. Brock 
confirmed this and noted that it may be 2020 or 2025.  It depends on when it is needed.

Mr. Hickman expressed concern on the Monroe Bicentennial Commons not being completed in a timely 
manner.

Mr.  Clark  and  Mr.  Hickman  requested  additional  meetings  of  the  Public  Safety  and  
Public Works be held to further discuss these figures.

Mr. Brock advised that we interviewed three individuals for the position of Director of Finance and 
did not feel they were the right fit for the position.   We will be advertising again for this
position.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
February 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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Ordinance  No.  2018-03.   An  Ordinance  amending  and  supplementing  Exhibit  “1”  of  Ordinance 
 No. 2017-30 to establish the position and salary range of Police Captain; increase the permitted 
number of positions  for  Police  Lieutenant  to  3,  Patrol  Officer  to  27,  Dispatcher  II  to  
8,  Community  Services Specialist to 3, Crew Leader Street Department to 4, and Operator/Laborer 
II to 16; eliminate the position of  Receptionist;  and  change  the  position  of  City  Engineer  
to  Assistant  Public  Works  Director/City Engineer.

Background.  Included with your packet is the revised forecast reflecting the costs associated with 
the proposed positions.  After our last meeting, it was determined that we incorrectly presented 
the costs associated with the Police requests.  Those numbers are now reflected in the new 
forecast.  We have also included the calculations we used to come up with those figures.  On that 
sheet you will see the costs with each position that is being adjusted on the proposed wage 
ordinance.  Below is a summary of the changes:

Finance
Adding two customer service specialist to the wage ordinance, one of those positions is the current 
receptionist the other is converting a part time administrative support clerk to the full time 
position.  Both of these adjustments were included in the 2018 budget, thus do not effect the 
forecast.

Fire
Adding the Administrative Assistant as a full time employee.  This was also included in the 2018

Budget and has no effect on the forecast.

Public Works
Amending the position of City Engineer to Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer.  While on 
the existing wage ordinance, this position has not been filled with those duties being performed by 
the City Manager and Public Works Director.  The position is recommended to be filled by existing 
staff and the Engineering Technician position will be fill by a new employee.

Increasing the Crew Leader Position by 1 and Operator Laborer Positions by 3.  This will create a 
new crew and will allow for the development of staff related to our growth in the Park and 
Recreation area.  It will also allow for spreading the crews for snow removal to ensure that crews 
are well rested during long events.  The crew leader position would be filled by promotion and the 
we would hire the operator laborers.

Police
Creating the postion of Captain and setting the wage range as shown.  The positions would be
filled by promotion.

Adding a Lieutenant postion to allow for one on each shift.  The positions would be filled by 
promotion.

Filling the existing fourth position of Sergeant by promotion.  The additional Sergeant will be in 
charge of the detective section.

Adding 3 new Patrol Officer postions to increase the on road presence.  The postions will be filled 
through the hiring process.

Adding an additional Dispatch position.  This will allow for more flexible and permanent schedules, 
which has hindered recruitment.  The additional position will be filled through the hiring
process.



Source: Monroe Council Agenda
Regular Meeting of Council
February 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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Emergency Ordinance No. 2018-04.   An Ordinance amending and supplementing Chapter 887  of the 
Codified Ordinances of the City of Monroe to change the title of Tax Commissioner to Tax 
Administrator in  certain  sections,  adopt  Sections  718.80  through  718.95  of  the  Ohio  
Revised  Code,  and  declaring an emergency.

Background.  As we continue to follow the updates at the State level regarding Income Tax 
collection and the legal decisions that occurred this week, we have been advised to now include 
additional language in our ordinance to ensure that we can maintain the right to collect income tax 
from our corporate tax payers.  The amendments within the ordinance were previously withheld by 
staff on direction from various groups including OML so as not to be seen as our support of what 
the State was attempting to do with centralized collection.  Now that the courts have not ruled in 
our favor that would have hopefully eliminated the need to buffer against central collection, the 
amendments are being included to preserve our rights as a home rule City.  Exhibit A of this 
Ordinance is still being prepared and will be sent to you
as soon as it is completed.



Source: Monroe Council Agenda
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February 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
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Ordinance No. 2018-03.  An Ordinance amending and supplementing Exhibit “1” of Ordinance No. 
2017-30 to establish the position and salary range of Police Captain; increase the permitted number 
of positions for Police Lieutenant to 3, Patrol Officer to 26, Dispatcher II to 8, Community 
Services  Specialist  to  3,  Crew  Leader  Street  Department  to  4,  and  Operator/Laborer  II  
to  15; eliminate the position of Receptionist; and change the position of City Engineer to 
Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer.

Background.  Due to the timing of tax season and assistance needed in this area,               
questing that Ordinance No. 2018-03 be adopted as an emergency on its second reading.


Source: Monroe Council Agenda
Regular Meeting of Council
March 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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If we keep hiring more people where are we going to house them all?

Oh, nevermind. Embarrassed

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What you have to remember John is the voters made it clear that they wanted to add city jobs last November. When they voted to increase city income taxes to 2% for those who don’t own a house in Monroe they approved the hiring of all the new jobs being created and the ones that were being paid for by grant money. Once we have a new police station the housing of those new employees should not be a problem.
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Good point about the new police station. I am glad to see that building being used for something rather than standing vacant in prime Monroe real estate. 
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It just seems we are in a hurry to grow staff and real estate holdings. I know there is consideration of an additional fire station and possibly a police depo on the east end of town. 
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