Council to vote on plan to reclassify city jobs

September 12, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

The Annapolis City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an employee reclassification plan that would cost the city $380,000 next year.

Employees have been pushing for the change for several years, complaining that their job descriptions no longer fit the work they do.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has proposed reclassifying employees next year on their employment anniversary days.

A majority of the city's 425 workers would be affected by the plan.

A committee formed last year to study the personnel system recommended updating job descriptions, requiring management training for all supervisors and reducing the number of contract employees.

In other action, the council is expected to decide whether to lease a former seafood processing plant in Eastport to a new tenant. The previous tenant, Watermen's Cooperative, disbanded earlier this year.

The lease with Portland Lobster Inc. of Annapolis would require JTC the city to subsidize the site well into the next decade.

Some aldermen have questioned whether it is worth spending more money on the old McNasby Oyster Co. building at 723 Second St. But Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, a Ward 8 Democrat, said that if the building is sold, the city's maritime heritage would be jeopardized.

The council may also discuss the salary of the city's spokesman. A meeting on Friday was canceled because several aldermen could not attend. The mayor has said he would set the salary for spokesman Thomas Roskelly at $59,609, although the council approved only $41,126.

The difference is being held in an escrow account until the dispute is resolved.

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