New Boston gives hefty raises to Police and Fire

The Village of New Boston recently voted to give police and fire a hefty raise.

Last week, New Boston Village Council voted to give pay raises for police and fire employees, a decision that was recommended to Council by the finance committee last month. At that time, the finance committee was recommending raises for all Village employees; however, Councilman Dan Fetty suggested that the fire and police departments be given raises first with other employees to be considered at a later date.

Fetty explained that raises for all would put a major hit on the budget. The councilman stated that starting with the two departments with the most need would allow council to evaluate how the raises impact Village operations at a smaller scale. Police and fire are currently understaffed. Increases in pay are expected to make the departments more competitive in the job market. Council officially voted to give raises to the two departments Monday, July 3.

“The Village council voted to give pay raises to the police and fire departments and will be considering pay raises for the service department, dispatchers and office workers in the near future,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated.

Councilman Mike Payton explained that raises varied based upon classification; however, police and fire did see an increase of more than $3 an hour.

“Overall as far as we know it is the biggest raise ever given to NB employees,” Payton stated.

He added that the Village is trying to give some kind of a raise to everyone.

“They all deserve more money. It just takes a while to work out the details,” he added.

New Boston police and fire personnel are now working at the following pay scale:

Chief – $18.26/hr

Captain – $17.74/hr

Lieutenant – $17.46/hr

Sergeant – $17.18/hr

3 year officer/fire fighter – $16.67/hr

2 year officer/fire fighter – $16.34/hr

1 year officer/fire fighter – $16.00/hr

Additionally, Village employee raises are expected to be voted on at the next Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at the New Boston Community Center on Rhodes Ave.

Rural King to open in September

The Village of New Boston is excited to announce that the former K-Mart building will not sit empty much longer as Rural King plans opening for September. Rural King will also be bringing approximately 80 jobs into the area.

rural-king-1The former Kmart building will sit dark and vacant no more as Rural King plans opening for September.

“We are excited and thankful for the Rural King family for their investment in our community and the economic impact these jobs are going to have for New Boston and Scioto County,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated. “I have had conversations with the owner of the building, as well as architects and the general contractor about the possibility of Rural King looking to locate in New Boston since mid-April and only recently, after talking to the management team and district manager, received official word of the opening. It certainly was good news that they may occupy the building so soon after the closing of K-Mart.”

In addition to announcing the opening, Rural King has already started the hiring process, holding open interviews all last week.

“The Village hosted a job fair by the Rural King management team at the New Boston Community Center. Hundreds of applicants have applied thus far,” Williams added. “I have seen a tremendous response from the community for the much needed jobs. We have a great workforce here in Scioto County, and I am certain that they will be able to assemble a professional working team for their business.”

Renovation drawings have been submitted and the remodeling has begun on the Rural King building.

“Our Building Department looks forward to working with the architects and contractors to facilitate a smooth transition during this renovation stage,” Williams commented.

Rural King is known as “America’s farm and home store” and is similar to combination of Tractor Supply, Lowe’s and Walmart all under one roof.

Rural King offers farming needs, rugged wear, groceries, lawn and garden, automotive, housewares, toys and even baby chicks and bunnies.

For more information about Rural King or to shop online, visit www.ruralking.com.

Bee Gee’s Pizza & More Open

Nathan and Gary Blackburn continue to invest in the Village of New Boston with the opening of “Bee Gee’s Pizza & More” which is housed in the BG Grocery store.  Serving pizzas and sub sandwiches including the “Tiger Sub.”

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Rural King Coming to New Boston

New Boston Mayor William Williams announced that a Rural King store is opening in the former K-Mart building.  The store looks to provide as many as 80 jobs to the area.  Mayor Williams commented, “We are excited and thankful for the Rural King family for their investment in our community and the economic impact these jobs are going to have for our area.”

The Village has hosted a job fair by the Rural King management team at the New Boston Community Center where hundreds of applicants have applied.  “There has been a tremendous response from our community for the much needed jobs and I am certain that they will be able to assemble a professional working team for their business.”

Renovation drawings have been submitted for approval to the New Boston Building Department with plans for the store opening in September.