NEW MIDDLETOWN Noncontract workers receive a 3% pay raise

The mayor expressed support for state Rep. John Bocierri's military service.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- The village's noncontract employees have received a 3 percent raise.
The employees include full-time clerk of courts Janet Smith, seven part-time police officers and two part-time street department workers. The raise is the same as the increase already given to Police Chief Bill Morvay and the village's two full-time police officers.
In addition, Smith receives life insurance, a new benefit that brings her into line with the full-time police, as well as an additional week of vacation for a total of three weeks per year because she has worked nine years for the village.
Officers hired
Council also hired two part-time police officers, Jason Lanzo of Struthers and Mike Slivanya of Youngstown. They will each start at $9.80 per hour. Both have served a one-year probationary period.
Also Monday, Councilman Bill Douglas was unanimously re-elected council president.
Council also agreed to send a letter to Mahoning County Library officials recommending that the New Middletown Reading Center, in the village building, be retained in the village or at least in the immediate area. Library officials recently recommended that the facility move into a bigger building. The reading center is open three days per week.
Support for Boccieri
Mayor Robert Carson expressed support for state Rep John Boccieri of New Middletown, D-61st, stating he sees nothing wrong with Boccieri's retaining his seat in the Ohio Legislature despite being called to active military service. Carson said that Boccieri, a village resident, has made a long-term commitment to the area and that other state representatives will fill in for him while he is on active duty. Springfield Township Trustee Reed Metzka recently criticized Boccieri for not giving up the seat.
Council agreed to pay $1,509 to Fyda Freightliner, Youngstown, for testing and valve repair on a 1980 fire engine. It also authorized $1,000 to buy a new computer for the police department.
Andrew Goist of New Middletown was approved as the village's newest volunteer firefighter. Council also approved sending seven members of the fire department to a firefighters class. The $945 cost will be reimbursed by an emergency services grant.
Council honoree
Council also approved a resolution honoring Rebecca Mason, who retired from council at the end of 2003. She served eight years on council and had also served as clerk-treasurer and on the planning and zoning commission.
She did not seek re-election to her council seat. Dan Stanton, who succeeds her, took his seat on council Monday night.
Mayor Robert Carson also announced committee appointments for 2004. They include:
USafety -- Richard DeBucci, chairman; Bill Douglas; Dan Stanton.
UBuilding, parks, grounds -- Dan Santangelo, chairman; Jack Novicky; Ruth Miller.
UCommunity Affairs -- Novicky, chairman; Miller; Santangelo.
ULegislative -- Douglas, chairman; Santangelo; DeBucci.
UFinance -- Miller, chairman; Stanton; Douglas.
Council members Douglas and Novicky will represent council on the planning and zoning committee. Other members will be Peg Fraley, Rebecca Mason, John Miller, Tom Dornon and John Boccieri. DeBucci will be council's representative to the site design review committee. Other members will be Janet Dyer, secretary; Debbie Minnetti; David Bakalar; Harry Kale; and Sue Burnett.

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