The new year brings new raises for city employees.
The Terre Haute Fire Department and the Streets Department contracts were approved this morning by the Terre Haute board of public works.
The contracts lock in the services for the next three years.
It also means for the first time in 5 years, the departments will see raises.
Members on the fire department will receive a one percent raise this year.
And the fire department will now be able to send new recruits to paramedic training when they are hired.
“Regardless if we got a raise or not Firefighters my Paramedics will be out there doing the job every day, they are professionals,” Chief Jeff Fisher said. “People will be transported to the hospital when they are sick and house fires will be put out so we will continue doing our job where there is a raise or not but it’s definitely a morale boost.”
“It’s wonderful that we are in the position with the city that we’ve turned things around enough to offer those raises after going four or five years,” Terre Haute City Attorney Eddie Felling said. “My time here we’ve seen almost nothing as far as raises for most of the employees here and to also that even are none union employees will be receiving a raise next year is wonderful.”
The Terre Haute Transit Utility contracts were tabled until the January meeting. But the city buses and transportation will continue, operating on their current contracts.