Ordinance proposes city employee raise

PLYMOUTH — While ordinances presented to the Plymouth Common Council on first reading don't bring much discussion, city employees will be happy to know that the council did make a few comments on this year's salary ordinance.
City Attorney Nelson Chipman presented the ordinance to the council and said that it did include a maximum 3 percent raise for city employees. If approved, it would be the first raise for city workers since 2009.
Councilman Chuck Ripley also took the occasion to suggest that in addition to the raise, the city consider an increase in the longevity pay offered to city employees. Ripley said that police and fire employees receive $225 in longevity pay and he said he would like to see other city employees raised from $50 to "…$75 or $100."
In addition, the holiday schedule for the coming year was also presented to the council. It has 10 paid holidays for the upcoming year.
The council also heard more tax abatement compliance statements.
Aker Composites Solutions presented its statement for a 2007 abatement that showed a projection of an additional 15 employees was only five, however a personal property investment of $520,000 was tripled with an actual investment of $1.5 million.
Zentis had glowing employment numbers for its abatement. With a total of 211 employees, the company easily bettered its projection of 154. The numbers for personal property were projected at more than $31 million and actual at $22.6 million and IT investment of $1.1 million was an actual $293,000.
Chipman reported to the council that the city's position on Pregis Innovative Packaging Solutions’ abatement was not a viable abatement having been completed but the company provided documentation anyway.
The documentation read that the company projected a $13.6 million investment that turned out to be an investment of $17.46 million.