The Washburn City Council approved raises for all city employees at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 15.
Prior to the meeting, city employees were asked to complete evaluations for their co-workers. After reviewing the evaluations, the aldermen interviewed each employee separately.
After completing all of the employee interviews, the council voted to give each staff member a 5 percent raise. This is the first raise the staff has received in over two years.
In new business, the aldermen approved several expenditures, including the purchase of a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria.
The law enforcement vehicle will be purchased from Government Fleet Sales for $7,145. The cost includes a $1,000 trade-in deduction for the city's old police vehicle and a $150 documentary fee.
The council also approved expenditures for a John Deere Lawn Tractor and a gas trimmer. A utility trailer will be purchased to transport the new lawn equipment to the different properties that are maintained by city staff members.
Mark Brooks, water and wastewater superintendent, reported that MFA Oil Company placed a small diesel tank on a city lot during the installation of the new water lines. Brooks requested the city retain the tank for future use.
The aldermen voted to request bids for a project that will install fencing around the city lot to secure the diesel tank and other equipment.
In other business, the Washburn City Council:
* Received a clean audit report from Marshall Decker.
* Voted to pay for an intermediate computer course, which will be attended by Brooks and City Clerk Sue Rose.
* Approved a $900 expenditure for a sump pump.
* Voted to scrap a sewer machine that no longer operates and is not repairable.
* Directed Rose to purchase supplies that will be used to paint the Old Farmers Exchange Building.