Officers get back money

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council on Friday during a special meeting approved an agreement giving police officers back the money they gave up earlier in the year and also approved an ordinance that could lead to a gas and oil lease contract for the village.

Officers in the police department gave back 30 percent of their pay at the beginning of the year so they would not being laid off due to the village’s financial problems.

The officers retroactive to Aug. 11 will get the 30 percent back through Jan. 31, when council will begin looking at the 2014 budget.

Village Clerk John Angelica said at Tuesday’s regular council meeting the village received a windfall from the state workers’ compensation bureau that would pay for the wages. He said restoring the pay will cost about $24,000.

Council had met Tuesday in executive session to discuss the agreement with the police department but took no action.

Council on Friday also approved an ordinance authorizing village Administrator Steve Maguschak to enter into a gas and oil lease with Green River Energy for village-owned land.

Village Solicitor Ernie Wilson said the village has about 77 acres of land. He said the company is willing to pay $6,200 an acre for tracts of land larger than 10 acres.

Wilson said the company first will analyze the land before making an offer. Wilson said the company has to agree to the lease and make payment within 180 days.