However, a question on the classification of the employee as a corrections officer caused the council to question the move. At issue was whether or not he would be granted 1 percent of their base salary, plus years of service, as opposed to $100 per year of service of longevity pay for non-civilian employees of the sheriff’s department. The base pay for the employee is $29,800.
Councilman Brian Lenfert said the difference between the two classifications for longevity pay is about $2,000.
The council approved the salary ordinance, with $100 per year of longevity pay, until the council can investigate the policy. If a change is necessary it would be made retroactively.
Changes to probation
The council approved the reclassification of five community corrections employees, effectively making them probation officers.
Clark County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael said because the employees supervise those in community corrections they fall under the same rules for probation officers. With the change in title, the employees become eligible for salary increases, which are set by the state.
She added the community corrections salaries are paid through a community corrections state grant and will not come out of the county’s general fund.
None of the five employees are currently probation officers, but are going through the steps to be granted that status by the state.
The council approved the request 6-1, with Councilwoman Susan Popp voting against.
A resolution that would grant Sellersburg Heating and Air Conditioning a tax abatement was introduced at Monday’s meeting, but no official action on the abatement was approved.
The company, which is an online retailer for HVAC parts and appliance parts, requested the abatement to construct a new building along Ind. 403 in Stone Creek Commerce Park. The abatement would be for a newly constructed building, as well as limited types of equipment for the business. Debora Russell, an owner of the business, said they were hoping for an approval Monday in order to move forward with construction. She added that