|City lays off 2 firefighters, 1 police officer|
|Saturday, October 05, 2013 12:43 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Two full-time firefighters and a full-time police officer received lay-off notices Friday afternoon. Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier said delivery of paperwork to an additional full-time firefighter is pending. The three who received notices today will be laid off Nov. 4. The pending lay off will be 30 days from the date it is delivered.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, the action also means 30 part-time firefighters and six police officers will be laid off. The fire department will be reduced by 33 employees and the police department seven.
The action leaves the fire department with three full-time firefighters and the chief and the police department with seven officers, two staff officers and three dispatchers. EMS services are not affected.
The lay offs come on the heels of three others in the service department last week and a 3-hour furlough for city employees at the city building, in the maintenance department and at the water and wastewater plants. Hours in those offices were also cut three hours.
The furloughs will keep approximately $15,500 in the city coffers for this year’s budget and if continued, will save more than $60,000 in 2014. The reduction in hours affects 27 city employees.
The administration has also taken a voluntary 7 1/2-percent pay reduction.
Office hours for the municipal building changed to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Service (maintenance, wastewater and water) departments’ hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The city is looking at more than $1 million in red ink in the next 15 months and the administration is looking at all departments for cost-savings measures.