Columbia City Council votes to raise lineworkers salaries

2 months 4 days 6 hours ago Monday, April 15 2019 Apr 15, 2019 Monday, April 15, 2019 6:13:00 PM CDT April 15, 2019 in News
By: Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted for raises for lineworkers at Monday night's meeting.

Each journeyman lineworker would see their salary increase to about $34 per hour. Line Foreman and Superintendents will also see their salary increase to about $38 per hour.

Rick Nolan, who is a lineworker for Columbia, said the raises are needed.

He said the current average rate for journeyman lineworkers is around $31 per hour and Boone Electric Co-Op pays about $10 more per hour than the city.

"We've lost two [workers] to Fayette, five to Independence, four to Boone Electric," Nolan said.

James Masten, who has worked as a lineworker in Columbia for more than 10 years, said the city's lower wages means they hire less experience staff.

He said he's concerned for lineworkers' safety because they have less experience.

"The toughest part is if something were to go wrong and somebody were to get hurt or killed," Masten said. "You know me living that with the rest of my life or me not making it home." 

The raises will have no affect on the 2019 city budget because three empty positions were eliminated from the city.

The city council also agreed to search for a legislative fix to their jurisdiction agreement with Boone County Fire Protection District. The original agreement delays response times because dispatchers are sometimes confused if county or city crews should respond to an emergency. 

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings on renovations at Cosmo-Bethel Park and replacing security cameras in parking garages owned by the city.

The improvements at Cosmo-Bethel Park include resurfacing tennis courts, renovating a parking lot and the construction of a new park entry sign.

The improvements are estimated to cost $125,000.

City Council is also seeking input on replacing streetlights in downtown Columbia. The proposed new lights allow city officials to control their brightness.

According to a memo to the council, the lights improve safety during late-night hours.

Mayor Brian Treece took his oath of office at the beginning of Monday night's meeting. The meeting starts his second term as Columbia's Mayor. He defeated former State Representative Chris Kelly on April 2.

Council Members Karl Skala and Ian Thomas took their oaths of office Monday night as well. The two members ran unopposed.

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