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May 24, 2013

Selectmen turn down higher stipends

West Newbury officials unanimously agree to take $1 a year instead


“An elected official must receive compensation in order to participate, but if the elected official receives any compensation, the town must contribute 50 percent of the cost of group health insurance,” McCarron wrote.

In another area of town finances discussed Monday night, as of July 1, part-time dispatchers will be paid $15.70 per hour and will receive the same percentage increase granted generally to most non-union employees, according to a memo provide by police Chief Lisa Holmes.

On-the-job training will be compensated at $13.40 per hour; a 4- hour minimum at one and one half times base rate will be compensated for work-related court appearances when the dispatcher is not otherwise scheduled to work. Dispatchers called in for Matron Duty or Prison Watch get paid a minimum of 3- hours at time and half.

Employee who work on New Years Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas will be paid time and a half of their base hourly rate.

Reserve dispatchers working a 4 p.m. to midnight shift receive a 5 percent pay differential, with a 10 percent shift differential for dispatchers working from midnight to 8 a.m.

Reserve police officers will be paid $18.15 per hour beginning July 1. Reserve officers working outside detail will be paid the same hourly compensation as established in the current collective bargaining agreement the town holds with the Teamsters. Unless the detail assignment is canceled at least one half hour beforehand, the employee will get a minimum of 4 hours pay, regardless of the number of hours worked. Details running between 4 and 8 hours will be paid for 8 hours. Any time beyond 8 hours will be paid at one and a half times the rate established in the police contract.

Holmes describes the primary function of the reserve officer as “to be available for shifts vacated by full time officers, in particular during holidays and vacation periods.” All reserves must commit to working at least two shifts per month.

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