Tuesday, October 26, 1999

More jobs planned as city grows

Monroe to hire police, consider other positions

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONROE — As the city's growth continues, it's leading to growth inside City Hall.

        Monroe's population has jumped from 5,000 in 1995 to more than 7,000 today. And residential, commercial and industrial development in this community, situated in Butler and Warren counties, continues at a rapid pace.

        In response, council is expected to appoint two new, full-time police officers at today's meeting and consider creating the positions of income tax clerk and water meter installer/reader.

        The city hopes to hire two tax clerks with an ultimate goal of no longer paying a business to collect income taxes, City Manager Don Whitman said.

        “Getting it in-house has been on our priority list for a long time,” Mr. Whitman said. “Even if it's just a break-even situation, the money stays in Monroe.”

        The city expects to collect about $2 million this year from its 1 percent income tax.

        The meter installer/reader would allow the city to get outdated water meters replaced, also planned for a long time, but not possible with just two water department workers.

        In May, council approved hiring four full-time police officers to help deal with the growth and to reduce overtime for other officers.

        Patrolman David Chasteen was appointed in early October. Patrolmen Chad Stull of Middletown and Bradley Pelfrey of Carlisle are expected to be appointed today. A fourth officer likely will be named next month, Police Chief Ernest Howard said.

        The hiring will raise the police department's full-time sworn staff from 12 to 16, its highest level ever, Chief Howard said.

        Police runs are up nearly 9 percent to date this year, the chief said.

        “Having these new officers should help us provide better coverage in our community and greatly reduce overtime,” Chief Howard said.

        Also today, council is expected to change its metings from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; vote to put a 2-mill, five-year fire levy on the March ballot; and set public hearings for rezoning of 64 acres on the south side of Todhunter Road and 12 acres on the northwest corner of Todhunter and Holman Avenue.


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