The proposed $36 million 2013 fiscal year budget for the city of Dover includes the filling of 21 out of 33 positions left vacant due to retirements and resignations.


The proposed $36 million 2013 fiscal year budget for the city of Dover includes the filling of 21 out of 33 positions left vacant due to retirements and resignations.

City Manager Scott Koenig made his pitch for filling the positions during Dover City Council’s retreat held Monday night. Finances were the main topic of discussion during the three and a half hour-long meeting.

Koenig said six of the positions were part time positions while 15 were full time positions.

The part time positions comprise four library clerks and two library pages whose combined salaries and benefits ranged from $8,700 to $20,000 for 18-hour workweeks, according to the figures for the employees who previously held those positions.

These along with a code inspector worth a combined $55,000 per year in salary and benefits and an administrative assistant worth $51,000 topped the wish list Koenig presented to council.

Koenig said it was crucial to hire additional library staff prior to the opening of the new Dover Library under construction. That $20 million building is scheduled to open in September.

In addition, the Department of Planning needed an additional code inspector given the number of properties currently in violation of the city’s code, Koenig said. And the Office of the City Clerk needed an administrative assistant, he added.

Koenig also went through a detailed list of positions he dubbed, respectively, as tier 2 and tier 3 recommendations. Tier 2 included such positions as a heavy equipment operator ($80,800), a water treatment operator ($67,900) and wastewater utility maintenance mechanic ($53,470).

Tier 3 included the third police officer City Council authorized Chief James Hosfelt to hire in January at a combined cost of $79,754 per year. Tier 3 recommendations also included a public utilities manager, in which former manager Ron Lunt made $110,810 annually in salary, with $21,000 in benefits, and a public services manager, a position Koenig held at $110,810 per year in salary, with $21,000 in benefits, before his promotion this past autumn.

Koenig now makes $118,000 per year in salary, with a $6,000 combined, annual stipend for the use of his personal car and iPhone.

Dover City Councilman William McGlumphy, who is retiring from council, urged fellow council members to exercise extreme caution in filling open positions. He has opposed filling open positions this fiscal year given the tough economic constraints that most people are under.

“The Salary and Benefits Committee has been talking about this,” McGlumphy said. “They’re working to finalize a report. It deserves a good, strong reading. Pay attention to their recommendations because they’re on solid ground.”