LIMA — Lima council took steps Monday night to improve the pay of the top fire department administrators in the city.
Council passed an ordinance passed setting the pay of the fire chief at $100,391.44 and deputy fire chiefs at $92,962.47.
Additional pay would be allowed if they hold EMT-B and EMT-P certifications.
The previous salary of a deputy fire chief is $86,275.
The annual salaries of the chief and deputy chiefs would be increased beginning Jan. 1 of every year by the same percentage as any percentage wage increase granted to the International Association of Firefighters, Local 334 members of the fire department pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between the IAFF and the city of Lima.
The salary disparity was pointed out when the position didn’t seem equitable in comparison to other safety services positions of similar rank, such as the police majors.
There was also concern that battalion chiefs made more money than their subordinates because they can earn overtime, and that consequently made recruitment for the senior position more difficult.
In other business, Lima council approved the vacation of an alley connecting North Street and an east/west alley in the 800 block of North Street.
John Heaphy, on behalf of HD Property Management LLC and Happy Daz Realty LLC, filed the alley vacation petition with the planning commission for future development.
The alley is to the west of the Veterans Food Pantry. Heaphy owns that property and the property to the west of the alley. A building on that property has since been demolished.
Attorney Bob Meredith, representing Heaphy, spoke at the public hearing during the council meeting Monday night.
“The purpose of the petition was the fact that the petitioner, Mr. Heaphy, has this property under contract to be sold. The buying party requested that the alley be vacated as part of the sales contract,” Meredith said.
What would happen to the property, once sold, wasn’t disclosed.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss (that),” Meredith said.
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