Naplate Trustee Art Preci told the Village Board two part-time police officers would be resigning at the end of this month. The reason was money.
“Their resignations are due to low pay,” Preci said. “The pay is inadequate for part-time officers; we are below the going rate.”
The police pay in Naplate is $17 per hour.
As of May 31, a police officer average hourly wage in the United States is $27, but in most cases that hourly rate is normally between $25 and $29. Certifications, education, additional skills and the number of years the officer has worked in the field affects that hourly rate.
“In a typical year, our officers handle about one domestic dispute or a traffic crash. The most activity involves vehicle violations and traffic stops," Preci said. "There are occasional theft reports and it's rare when we experience a burglary.”
Preci said the village will begin a search for replacement officers.
“We'll put an ad in the paper, of course," he said. "The best scenario would be to find officers who are already trained. But I would like to get together with our treasurer to discuss pay raises. I'm not sure how long ago salaries were increased, but our police chief has also mentioned his salary is becoming an issue.”
Village Clerk Gerry Kammerer said he would research and provide salary information as soon as possible.
Community Center has a first rental
Mayor Gary Mooney said the Naplate Community Center, 2005 Center St., is booked Saturday, June 22. Mooney said everyone from the Park Board to numerous volunteers have worked hard to make the center a “really nice place.”
“The main floor is finished,” Mooney said. “The kitchen floor still needs to be cleaned and waxed, restrooms and windows need to be cleaned, but overall, the center is now in very good shape. It's very nice and the efforts of everyone is really appreciated.”
After the 2017 tornado destroyed St. Mary's Parish, the village bought St. Mary's Parish Hall for between $1 to $10. The village has spent roughly the last two years repairing the parish hall building to use on a rental basis.
Village set to discuss web site
Trustee Dwayne Davis told the board the village needs a website and he's ready to pursue it.
“I've looked at 'Go Daddy' (a web building site) and we'd be looking at paying anywhere from $8 to $50 a month,” Davis said. “But I would think that at $10 to $12 a month we could develop a really informative website.”
The date to discuss website details has yet to be established but a special meeting will be called with an announcement 48 hours in advance.