CH25 25 .7 - Salary Ordinance for 2017

Be it ordained by the Town of Lapel, Madison County, Indiana: Section #1 the salaries of the town officials, police officers, utility/park employees, and all others employed by the Town of Lapel, IN, effective for all pays after January 1st, 2017 and ending December 31st, 2017 shall be as follows, to-wit:

  • Clerk/Treasurer
    • General Fund $7,900
    • Gas Company $5,771
    • Water Company $5,771
    • Sewer Company $5,772
    • Total $25,214
  • Town Council Members
    • General Fund $500
    • Gas Company $1,100
    • Water Company $1,000
    • Sewer Company $1,000
    • Total $3,600
  • Attorney, $4,600 annually
  • Building Inspector $600 per month
  • Development Inspector $300 per month
  • Janitor $50 per week

Checks will be issued as follows:

  • Council, monthly, the next pay period following the Council meeting
  • Clerk/Treasurer, weekly
  • Building Inspector, monthly
  • Development Inspector, monthly
  • Janitor, monthly
  • Town Attorney, semi-annually
  • all others weekly

Specific salaries for Town of Lapel employees beginning January 1st, 2017 and ending December 31st, 2017 are:

  • Mike Barnes, Police Chief - $49,140 annually
  • Ryan Daniels, Captain - $40,950  annually
  • Jon Hosier, Police Officer - $39,321 annually
  • Mike Porter, K9 Officer - $34,650 annually
  • Jon Buffington, Officer - $31,500 annually
  • Non academy graduate - $30,000 annually
  • Academy graduate - less than 2 years experience - $33,000 annually
    • Part Time General Maintenance - $9.00 to $13.00 per hour
    • Full Time General Maintenance  - $9.50 to $14.00 per hour
    • Office Staff - $9.50 to $14.00 per hour
  • Paula Lee, Office Administration - $19.15 per hour
  • Tisha Bousman, Office Administration - $15.75 per hour
  • Gary Swaim, Building Inspector - $600 per month
  • Nathon Owens, Water Operator/Utility/Street - $19.21 per hour
  • Virgil Hobbs, Part Time General Maintenance - $14.18 per hour
  • Cameron Clawson, Utility/Street - $17.80 per hour
  • C.J. Taylor, Water Operator/Sewer Operator - $40 per hour/5hrs per week
  • John M. Johnson, Utility Superintendent - $19.69 per hour
  • Todd Bryant, Utility/Street - $16.23 
  • Joe Swallows, Utility/Street - $13.14
  • Holly Kelly, Utility/Street - $12.50


Section - Personal Days

All full-time employees are entitled to eight (8) personal days per calendar year. Bereavement days three (3) per family member, which includes and is limited to the following; wife, husband, children, stepchildren, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers, sisters; one day (1) for brother-in-law, sister-in-law and (2) for grandparents.

Section - Paid Legal Holidays

All full-time employees except Police Officers, are entitled to the following:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)
  • Christmas Eve (Half Day)
  • Christmas Day

Vacation/Personal Days for Full-Time Employees

All new employees will be under a probationary period for the first six months of their employment, starting with the first day on the job. During this probationary period the employee will not be entitled to paid vacation benefits or sick leave benefits. After six (6) months on the job the employee will receive two (2) paid vacation days for the remainder of the first year of service.

All eligible employees will receive eight (8) paid Personal days per calendar year. Absences may be subject to investigation.  A physician's statement of "fitness of duty" will be required if an employee is off work for 3 consecutive days or more. The Town also reserves the right to request a "fitness of duty" statement at any time. Personal Days, if not used within the calendary year, can be accumulated up to 30 days. Employees will be paid unused personal days upon termination of employment.

Section - Vacation

Time worked reports must be submitted weekly to the Town Hall for all employees that are eligible for either Personal Days, Paid Legal Holidays, Insurance, Paid Vacation, or Accumulated Sick Leave.

At the anniversary date of employment, the full-time employee will be eligible for the following vacation schedule:

  • One year of employment, one week paid vacation.
  • Two thru four years of employment, two weeks of vacation.
  • Five thru nine years of employment, three weeks of vacation.
  • Ten or more, four weeks of vacation.

Following the first year of employment additional weeks will be earned on a calendar year basis beginning January 1st.

All vacations are mandatory (cannot work and collect pay plus vacation). Vacations must be scheduled one (1) week in advance with a supervisor. Vacations cannot be held over until the next year.

Unused vacation days will be paid upon termination of employment. Vacation days must be used before unpaid days off are granted.

Section - Overtime

Overtime is defined for all full-time employees, except Police Officers, as the hours worked, on a daily basis, over 8 hours. Overtime hours will be paid at 1 1/2 their hourly pay. The payroll clerk will prepare on a weekly basis, a report to the Council illustrating the amount of and who were paid overtime. it will be the job of the department supervisors to limit overtime whenever possible.

Section - Meeting Attendance Payment

Non-council members, that are authorized members of the Planning Commission, Park Board and Board of Zoning Appeals will be paid $10 per meeting attended. Disbursement of amounts owed will be semi-annually July and January.

Section - Office Hours and Utility/Street Department Hours

Town Hall office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Utility/Street Department hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm. On disconnect day, one utility employee will work from 10:00am to 6:00pm so that paid disconnected services can be returned to service.

Section - Police Officers.

The work week consists of seven (7) days from Saturday and ending Friday. If a Police Officer works more than 40 hours per week, overtime will be paid. Holiday pay is calculated by annual salary divided by 260 days divided by 8 hours=holiday pay. Overtime hours x 1 x hourly pay=overtime pay. Overtime must be approved by the Town Marshall and the Town Council.

The salary of a Lapel Police Officer, without academy certification is $30,000 per year. The salary of a Lapel Police Officer with less than two (2) years of experience, with an academy certification is $33,000 per year.

If a Lapel Police Officer is sent to the Police Academy, and compensated by the Town of Lapel, the Police Officer is required to remain on the department for two (2) years after graduation from the Academy. If for some foreseen or unforeseen reason the officer has to leave the department or fails to complete the academy assignment, said officer must repay all training compensation of the Town of Lapel.

Non-academy graduates will be in a probationary status until one year from graduation date.

Academy graduates will be on a probationary period of one year from hire date.

New hire without academy certification will be sent to the academy within one year of hire date.

Section - Education Reimbursement

It is the desire of the Town of Lapel that all employees gain more education in their specific disciplines. If the employee quits a course, paid by the Town of Lapel, the employee must repay to the town the cost of the course. This would include tuition fees, cost of books and materials, and mileage reimbursements. If the employee completes the course work and attendance requirements, but fails the final test, reimbursement is not required. Retesting is at the discretion of the Council.

Section - Insurance

The Town of Lapel will pay 100% of the employee's health insurance premium, employees will have to pay dependent coverage, if desired. This benefit is available to full-time employees only. Employees who are eligible to enroll in the group medical program may choose to waive participation in the plan. Only employees covered under another group health plan will be permitted to waive coverage. Employees are required to complete the appropriate form to waive their election and provide verification of coverage.

  • Health Life and Vision - Health Application
  • Life Only - Health Application (check life only, indicate waiver/other coverage)

An optional dental insurance benefit plan is offered to all full-time employees. The premium for the insurance policy is split 50%-50% between the employee and the employer.

Section - Utility Certifications

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 1 operators certification for water or wastewater, their salary will be increased 75 cents per hour. 

When a Lapel Utility employee acquires a Class 2 operators certification for water or wastewater, their salary will be increased 75 cents per hour. 

If a Lapel Utility employee receives an initial gas operators certification, their salary will be increased 50 cents per hour.

Further Information

Date Passed: 12/5/2016
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