Groveport Police officers who work the night shift could soon be earning more pay.
At its June 28 meeting, Groveport City Council heard the second reading of an ordinance that would provide officers working from 2-10 p.m. an additional 75 cents per hour and officers serving from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. an additional $1.05 per hour.
Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier said that, a few months ago, an inquiry was made to see if officers working these shifts should earn "hazardous duty" pay.
"My reply was, no, it is not necessary as the majority of violent armed robberies usually occur during the day," wrote Portier in a June 27 report to council. "However, I do propose that officers should have a shift differential since night duty often has to deal with a different clientele and more of them than during the day shifts."
Portier noted this added incentive would also allow officers to bid for shift they would not normally seek out.
Council will make a decision on the legislation at its July 11 meeting.
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•The city received the following base bids for the Lesleh Avenue reconstruction project: Columbus Asphalt Paving, Inc., $644,958; Shelly Company, $654,440; Conie Construction Company, $581,674; and Park Enterprise Construction Company, $575,396. The engineer’s base estimate by EMH&T for the project is $651,800. City officials and EMH&T are reviewing the bids and will award the project soon.
The Lesleh Avenue project includes installing streetlights, curbing, a sidewalk on the east side of the street, stormwater drainage improvements, and the complete reconstruction of 1,000 feet of Lesleh Avenue from Main Street to Degenhart Park. Also, the parking lot in Degenhart Park will be enlarged.
•Base bids were also received for the proposed Groveport Road sewer project. Base bids were received from John Eramo & Sons, Inc., $246,295; and Darby Creek Excavating, $286,833. EMH&T’s engineering base estimate is $251,750. City officials and EMH&T are reviewing the bids.
If council approves the plans, the project would involve extending the city’s sanitary sewer line from its existing end point on the south side of Groveport Road, west about 800 linear feet to near the intersection of Saltzgaber and Groveport roads.
•Council unanimously named residents Jack Rupp, Scott Clinger, and Sheilah Flad to the city’s new personnel board of review. According to the city’s charter, this board will hear appeals regarding administrative actions concerning classified city personnel.