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Raises to Hinge On Performance

March 7, 2013

Moundsville City Manager Deanna Hess said city employees can look forward to pay raises for the first time in more than three years, but it remains to be determined how much each employee will......

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Hefner

Mar-07-13 4:26 AM

Performance based raises are the way all raises should be handled. This is a city manager with some common sense.

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dyingov

Mar-07-13 8:06 AM

"Deanna J. Hess was named Moundsville's first full-time female city manager during the city's regular City Council meeting Tuesday.

She has been the interim city manager since Allen Hendershot retired from the position at the end of last year. Hess has worked for the last 15 years as the city's office manager and has filled in for Hendershot on occasion."

Hefner, if you read the article it sounds like they don't have an evaluation piece in place...

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Prettylittlebird

Mar-07-13 8:51 AM

Lol wow

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 9:42 AM

"I find it hard to justify buying a truck for a fire department that only operates 8-4, Monday through Friday," said Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt

Now if I may, I need to ask a few questions to Councilwoman DeWitt.

1. Is the reason on why you find it hard to justify the reason on a new fire truck for the Paid Department is because the fact that you have relatives that are on the Volunteer Department in Moundsville? If that is true, then how are you even given the right to vote on anything that would have to do with either Department? You shouldn’t be able to! Just as you shouldn’t be able to vote on anything that has to do with the City Police Department, seeing’s that your husband is employed there. I feel that would be considered a conflict of interest!

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 9:42 AM

2. When you had to call for an ambulance for a family member of yours, who was the first to arrive? Was it the Ambulance? Was it the Volunteer Department? Was it the Police Department? Was it the FBI? From what I have heard it was in fact the City Fire Department! Which may I add, I don’t believe that I have heard anyone say that you have said or even read that you have given them any credit for being there or even saying "THANK YOU". If it was one of my family members, and they did what they did, and I was on City Council I would be sure to give them the praise that they should have been given. Just out of respect!

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 9:43 AM

3. How did you exactly obtain the Council seat that you are in? I don’t believe that you won it by vote. Please correct me if I am wrong!

I personally would find it hard to justify having you on the City Council when you are in fact not looking out for the citizens of Moundsville. Yes the City Fire Department does only work from 8-4 Monday through Friday, but they are the Fire Department that would be responding if someone’s house was on fire or if there was a life in jeopardy within that time frame! I support both the Paid and Volunteer Fire Departments in this City. From the sounds of your remarks, that if it was up to, there would only be one Fire Department in the City of Moundsville and it wouldn’t be the Paid Department!

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Prettylittlebird

Mar-07-13 9:45 AM

Thank You PorkChop! Well said, Well said!

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 9:48 AM

Your very welcome Prettylittlebird. I was just stating on my feelings on this matter. I dont understand how someone could be all for one Department and not the other based on the time that they are there.

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 9:52 AM

There is yet another City Council member that should have absolutely no say so in the matter concerning either Fire Department due to the fact that he has a son that is a Volunteer, that would be Council member Phil Remke!

How is it even close to being fair to let them vote on matters when they already have a biased opinion on the matter?

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walksabout

Mar-07-13 2:28 PM

wrongheaded backwoods logic. If they have been denied raises, you should equally distribute the money regardless any criteria with notice future raises wil be given under performance evaluation plan. This will give disgruntled employees cause to shape up or get ready to ship out. It will also spare the problem of buddy and cronie rewarding.

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walksabout

Mar-07-13 2:32 PM

she should resign so the public can start fresh.She can apply through the vote process if she wants. All the money should be sent back to DC for foreign aid.

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Shark88

Mar-07-13 4:03 PM

$18K for a fire truck? Does it come with wheels, tank, and an engine?

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PorkChop

Mar-07-13 4:06 PM

So now that I have been thinking about this most of the day, the comment that was made is still getting me laughing. With that being said, it should mean that the Police Department or any of its officer’s, Street Department or any of their employees, or any other full time employee should get any new vehicles or equipment. That just can’t be justified, right? They only work 40 hours a week as do the Fire Department. That must mean that the next time anything comes up about the Police Department will be vote no and saying that it just cannot be justified?

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chevyman

Mar-07-13 4:15 PM

The Volunteer Fire Department gets paid by the City to run calls? Does that make them a Paid Department also? If that’s the case, shouldn’t they be evaluated as well to see if they warrant a raise? Does the city over see how their money is spent or are they just handed money to do as they please with? Where does this money come from? Is it from the tax payers?

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dyingov

Mar-07-13 6:49 PM

Call your insurance company and tell them that you will only have fire coverage 8-4 M-F and request a quote....

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Mudrunner

Mar-07-13 8:24 PM

If one would note the following information: The one councilwoman that is voicing opposition on the new fire truck has relatives within the Volunter Fire Department as does the Councilman that is questioning when the last rate increase was made for the VFD contract. Does this not seem a little suspicious to anyone? Why may I ask would you not want the fire department to have up to date and working equipment? Is there a chance that something may happen at your residence and they may need it? What about when the Police Dept needs to update their body armor or firearms. Will there be a problem with that or are they deserving of having updated equipment? Do the police not only work 5 days a week as well? WHat makes them any more deserving of updated equipment?

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dyingov

Mar-07-13 10:52 PM

mud, Paid police protection is 24/7/365...Not a very good argument!

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walksabout

Mar-08-13 2:38 AM

let the fire dept member take the equipment home so they can respond quicker on standby like other departments do.

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chevyman

Mar-08-13 8:20 AM

dyingov, Why is it not a very good argument? Correct me if I ma wrong but each police officer only works 40 hrs a week. Dewitt's husband works monday through friday 8-4, the same as every guy on the paid fire department.

Now you tell me, what makes them that much better?

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Melvin182

Mar-08-13 9:09 AM

Hey porky, she was appointed to a vacant position on council, then won the vote for her current seat.

She did thank the FD but it was not put in the paper. Maybe she was busy taking care of her family and didn't have time to thank everyone personally.

Her quote was taken out of context. There was more to it. Essentially saying she couldn't justify the purchase this year.

You need to get more information before commenting. You, obviously, know a lot about her, her husband, and her family. Why didn't you just voice your concerns to her instead of using this forum?...oh, I bet you work for the FD. If you do, then talking to her directly would get better results than using this forum.

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Mudrunner

Mar-08-13 9:23 AM

In the evening paper she was quoted saying that in recent years there for fires on the weekends that were handled only by volunteers! My question is, if the city department only works M-F from 8-4, who was supposed to handle these fires? If the city crews were supposed to be there, shouldn't they be on duty in that case?

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PorkChop

Mar-08-13 9:26 AM

Melvin, No I do not work for the Fire Department, nor do I even work for the city of Moundsville. With city council members like that, Who would? Im glad that I dont! Yes you are right, Maybe she was busy taking care of her family? As I would expect her to be, but thats been how long ago? Why has she not given the Thanks that should have been given since then? I just happened to run into one of the paid firemen last night while shopping in Wal Mart, while talking to him I asked if she just by chance did thank them for what they did. Would you like to know the answer that I received? "(with a laugh)NO, she has not said anything to us about it. She never will! She has made her point clear, she does not want us there to begin with". Now let me ask you this, Where does she get her facts before she says anything? The evening paper states that she "mentioned two large fires that occurred in the weekends in recent years. She said that ONLY volunteers resonded". I do bel

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redwhiteblue

Mar-08-13 9:28 AM

Melvin182, "She did thank the FD but it was not put in the paper. Maybe she was busy taking care of her family and didn't have time to thank everyone personally." No, she did not thank the FD and since you seem to know so much about her you would think you would know what you're talking about before you comment. The bad thing, it's understandable for someone not to thank someone b/c they were taking care of their family but to go and make a comment that "was taken out of context" like that about a department that would have went above and beyond just doesn't "justify" to me why she said it. But I believe porkchop hit a nerve with you as maybe Mrs. Dewitt hit a nerve with all the others on this post. I hope a house doesn't catch on fire Monday thru Friday 8-4. I personally do know that if it were my house that would catch on fire that it would be Mon thru Fri 8-4 b/c I would atleast know that those men would do anything in their power to help my fami

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redwhiteblue

Mar-08-13 9:31 AM

Mudrunner, good point just to add in there...City Fire was on those two major fires on the weekend if she was talking about the two that I am thinking of.

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PorkChop

Mar-08-13 9:58 AM

not true! Yes they were at both fires! I am sure that if you would ask anyone that was at either fire you would be told the same. If my memory serves me correctly, I do beleive I seen the Paid Fire Department on the news at the one big fire several years back. Was it not in fact them that did the fire investigation?

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