Some town of Mooresville employees will see a boost in pay by the end of the month after the Mooresville Board of Commissioners agreed to a pay increase to help keep salaries competitive with nearby municipalities.
Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved Year 4 Pay & Classification study recommendations presented earlier in the month by Matt Reece with the Centralina Council of Governments.
Human Resources Director Keli Greer said the study recommended raising the minimum and maximum annual salaries on the 2020 Pay & Classification Plan by 2% with all non-probationary regular full-time and regular part-time employees receiving a salary increase of 4%. The town’s Temporary Employee Pay Plan will also see associated changes and pay increases, Greer said.
While these changes will go into effect Jan. 13, impacted employees should see the change reflected in their Jan. 31 paycheck, she said.
The pay and classification study recommendations are not merit based but instead are issued with the goal of “retaining our talent and attracting future talent,” Greer said.
The annual study showed the town of Mooresville lags the market in compensation or pay structure by 5% compared to market data from 25 nearby locales including Charlotte, Concord, Kannapolis, Catawba County, Mint Hill and Rock Hill, Greer said. This market lag indicated the town needed to raise the minimum and maximum annual salaries for town jobs to remain competitive and keep employees from taking positions elsewhere, Greer said.
While Mooresville can’t compete with Charlotte, a city leading the market in pay structure, the town can compete with nearby smaller towns in attracting and keeping good employees thanks to these salary increases, Greer said. “This is a wonderful step in the right direction,” Greer said.
Town spokeswoman Kim Sellers said the town has 451 full-time employees. Implementation of the pay increase for full-time employees will cost $500,118, said town Chief Financial Officer Deborah Hockett. Nearly $193,000 is allocated in the town’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget for this projected expense with savings from vacant positions filling the gap, Hockett said.
In other business, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved in Monday’s consent agenda three requests by the Mooresville Police Department to purchase new equipment for 11 police patrol vehicles.
MPD Assistant Chief Joe Cooke said the town is purchasing the equipment from vendor Campbell Brown Inc. to outfit 11 new police vehicles. The department is purchasing vehicle equipment, including LED light bars, sirens, speakers and rear flashers, for $83,530; 11 mobile radios for patrol vehicles totaling $53,055; and 10 in-car cameras totaling $51,110.
Funds for the purchases were approved in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, according to town documents.
MPD Chief Ron Campurciani said these purchases “are standard requests that come through every year for cars and equipment.”
In other business, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved on Monday a conditional zoning request from Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County to open a hospice center at 1325 Mecklenburg Highway in Mooresville at a later date.
“It’s time for us to serve Mooresville,” said Terri Phillips, CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County. Phillips currently operates a hospice and palliative care center in Statesville.
The applicant, landowner Frank P. Knox, sought from the town the rezoning of about 5 acres of a larger tract of land on Mecklenburg Highway from Residential Mixed Use, or RMX, to Residential Mixed Use with Conditions, or RMX-C, on behalf of the hospice center.
The site plan proposes a single connection to Mecklenburg Highway and is designed to facilitate a future connection to Foxfield subdivision when the adjacent vacant property is developed, said Craig Culberson, interim town planning and community development director.
The land’s tranquil landscape and trees made it a good choice for a hospice center, Phillips said. “We felt it was the perfect place to build our 10-bed unit,” Phillips said.