An ordinance that would have allowed an
auction house in the village zone of Emmitsburg
was not approved at the September 10 town
meeting. The vote was a 2-2 tie.
Town resident Amy Phillips said she opposed
the ordinance because of the increased noise and
traffic she thought an auction house would bring
to the area. "Although Main Street is a
business area, we also live here," she
said, "and this is a quality of life
Commissioner Jim Hoover said he did not think
an auction house would cause harm to the quality
of life. Parking issues will be resolved by the
business, he said and the auctions will be held
inside. "We want to encourage other
businesses here in Emmitsburg," he added.
Mr. Hoover and Mayor William Carr voted for
the ordinance, and Commissioners Patrick Boyle
and Cliff Sweeney opposed it. Commissioner Chris
Stahley was not present.
Town manager David Haller said the ordinance
can be reheard.
In other business the council voted 4-0 to
accept Ordinance 01-19, an Employee Salary Chart
which will standardize the wages of town
employees in relationship to those of other
municipalities in the county. "We need to
be competitive or we will not be able to keep
good employees," Commissioner Hoover said.
Mr. Hoover initiated the development of the
salary chart in August 2000 so that the town
government will always treat town employees fair
as to pay raises and rate of pay. The salary
chart includes 9 grades with12 steps within each
grade. For example: Grade 1 begins with an
annual base pay of $16,640. The hourly rate is
$8.00. Step 1 of grade 1 would be $8.28 an hour
for a total annual salary of $17,222.40. As long
as the employee performs the same job he/she
will stay in the same grade and progress to the
higher levels. Step 12 for grade 1 provides an
annual salary of $21,097.49. at $10.14 an hour.
The Council also adopted a policy regarding
meeting attendance regulations. The mayor and
commissioners may each miss seven meetings per
year without penalty. This includes agenda,
town, special and committee meetings if called
at least 72 hours in advance. With the eighth
missed meeting, the official will have his/her
salary reduced by $100. The personís salary
will be reduced by an additional $100 for every
additional meeting missed during that one year
period. The year runs from July 1 to June 30 and
will be retroactive to July 1, 2001.
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