- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—This story has been corrected from its original version.

The Anderson City Council gave approval to an employee compensation plan Monday that will give raises to all city workers.

The measure will provide a pay raise of $900 a year for employees earning less than $40,000 annually and a raise of 2.25 percent for those earning above $40,000.

“This will help us be more competitive,” City Manager John Moore said.

Most of the council members were present at last week’s meeting of the finance committee, which approved the plan.

Moore said the raises, which come from funds that were allocated in the past two fiscal years, helps keep Anderson’s pay rate “comparable for a city our size.”

“We’re competitive in some areas, and in others we are not,” Moore said. “In the fall, we’ll take another look at things to see which positions we’re not competitive.”

The increase will be the largest for the city since 2004.

The compensation will cost the city $385,00 during the budget year that began July 1. It will be paid with

$335,000 that was allocated for pay raises and $50,000 for salaries that was carried over from the previous budget.

The pay increase was the only new business discussed at the meeting, held in a warm council chamber that was without air conditioning much of the day.

In the only other item on the agenda, the council voted unanimously in second and third readings to rezone five parcels on the Anderson University campus.

The parcels at 1019 and 1021 East Orr Street, as well as 312 Kingsley Road, has been rezoned from R-15 (single-family residential) to RM-18 (multifamily residential). Also converted to RM-18 was approximately 20 acres located at the northeast corner of Old Williamston Road and Wildwood Drive.

The changes marked the final pieces of a lengthy zoning process for the university, said Dane Slaughter, vice president for facilities. They coincide with the arrival of steel that will create a new student center on the growing campus.

That phase of construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Slaughter said.

Earlier Monday, the council’s public safety committee recommended the next step in its plan to restructure the municipal court system. The committee recommended that five judges who have completed temporary appointments — Josh Allen, Robert King, Richard Thompson, Goetz Eaton and Matt Lollis — be added as assistant judges.

The change will leave the city with one full-time judge, three assistant judges that can officiate, and three assistant judges that can officiate bond hearings and issue bench warrants.

Assistant City Manager Linda McConnell, who is expected to make the recommendation to the council in August, called the changes “real progress” in the quest for efficiency.

“You have to have the personnel in place to make the changes workable,” she said.

“This will reduce the amount of time people are sitting and waiting,” committee member and interim court administrator Donna Kazia said of the change. “This will enable us to move folks out of the system quicker, if they can be released.”

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