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Raise in the works for city of Wheeling employees

On Tuesday evening, leaders in the city of Wheeling will hold a finance meeting in which they'll discuss what they plan to do with sales tax revenue and cash carryover from the budget plan.

On Tuesday evening, leaders in the city of Wheeling will hold a finance meeting in which they'll discuss what they plan to do with sales tax revenue and cash carryover from the budget plan.

One of the items in the works is a 2.5 percent raise for city employees.

"A lot of them are underpaid and under-appreciated, so we expect a lot out of them -- taking care of the city and the city's residents in Wheeling -- and in return, we owe them a fair salary,” Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said.

The raise does not include council members who haven't had a raise since the early 90s.

Thalman says they'll also discuss adding two new positions to the police department.

“The first position would be a crime analyst,” Thalman said. “This is something the police chief requested and it's a high-priority for him. The second position is a social worker position, and they would work with officers to help combat the drug problem."

Thalman says they plan to put money toward Centre Market improvements. City leaders have also already started putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in playgrounds and parks in Wheeling and will continue that progress.

He says they also want to work on city-owned properties that are in bad condition.

"I believe the prior city council discussed knocking those buildings down at about $40,000-$50,000 each building, but we want to explore saving those buildings and get residents or new business in those buildings.”

Thalman says these issues will all be touched on at Tuesday’s meeting starting around 4:45.

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