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City Council restores funding for engineer

The City Council has restored the salary for a full-time operating engineer in the Department of Public Works.

The salary had been cut by a third in the approved 2007 city operating budget, but City Controller Maria Brown said the nearly $28,000 in pay and benefits could easily be put back by using money from the city's fund balance.

Mayor Vince Anello argued at this week's Council meeting that several supervisory positions that were either cut or reduced in this year's budget will have a negative impact on safety in the public works divisions.

However, the Council rejected Anello's request to create a full-time operations foreman to monitor workers in streets and parks. Anello created that position without the Council's approval last year and unsuccessfully tried to include it in this year's budget.

Councilman Charles Walker was the only lawmaker in favor of the $40,000-per-year job.

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