Watertown City Council Votes to Accept Pay Matrix for Employees

The Watertown City Council met Tuesday night and covered a variety of topics including the approval of the city’s new wage matrix. 

Watertown City Attorney Matt Roby gave a background on the wage study……

Roby said that during negotiations the Fire-Fighters Union agreed to implement the new salary matrix….

The city also agreed to create two new levels of assignment pay for the fire-fighters…..

The city also agreed to a one-step increase and a 1% cost of living adjustment.

The Watertown Police Officer Association union will also be seeing an increase in their new contract. Roby says many of the details are similar to the fire department contract with the exception of longevity pay….

Watertown Police Officers will also be receiving assignment pay in 2021…..

Police personnel will also be receiving a 1% cost of living increase and a one- step increase.   

Roby said the AFSME union, during earlier negotiations, chose to lock in their guaranteed pay increase for the next three years instead of participating.

In other business, a second reading related to the communal living ordinance took place.  Public Works Director Heath VonEye explained…..

Mayor Sarah Caron said that parking has been the main concern about the ordinance. She said that the conditional use permit will only be granted if specific rules are followed. One of those is off-street parking…..

Mayor Sarah Caron open up the public hearing however nobody was there to speak on the issue and it was closed.  The council voted unanimously on the ordinance. 

Action was also taken by the council that gives the Mayor authorization to sign an annual maintenance agreement between the city and First District Association of Local Governments. This is for E-911 Mapping, GIS Website hosting and for monthly updates, support and technical assistance for the GIS System. The combined total of both contracts is $24,570. 

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