Municipality of Bethel Park, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 7-12-1972 by Ord. No. 7-12-72B[1]]
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded Ord. No. 10-10-60B, adopted 10-10-1960, and subsequent amendments to said ordinance.
The salaries of the elective officers of the Municipality of Bethel Park shall be fixed as follows:
[Amended 2-12-1973 by Ord. No. 2-12-73C; 1-11-1987 by Ord. No. 1-11-87A; 1-11-1988 by Ord. No. 1-11-88A; 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 3-14-94A]
Mayor: $4,200 per year, payable at the rate of $350 per month.
Councilmen: $3,000 per year, payable at the rate of $250 per month, per Councilman.
The salaries of management, supervisory and other confidential employees shall be fixed as follows:
[Last amended 12-10-2018 by Ord. No. 12-10-18B]
Management, Supervisory and Confidential Personnel
(Effective January 1, 2019)
2019 Base Salary
Assistant Manager
Finance Director
Director of Engineering
Municipal Planner
Environmental Engineer
Commercial Building Code Official
Residential Building Code Official
Code Enforcement Officer
Engineering Assistant
Plant Superintendent
Assistant Plant Superintendent
Recreation Director
Assistant Recreation Director (Community Center)
Executive Assistant
Public Works Director
Public Works Supervisor
Engineering Inspector (1)
Engineering Inspector (2)
Public Access Facility Director
Accounting Supervisor
Administrative Assistant
CCTV Technician
Chief of Police
Police Lieutenants
In addition, a one-time bonus shall be paid to the Code Enforcement Officer in the amount of $1,000.
[Amended 12-12-2016 by Ord. No. 12-12-16]
In addition, a one-time bonus of $1,000 is provided to both Public Works Department Supervisors.
[Amended 12-9-2013 by Ord. No. 12-9-13A]
Bargaining Unit Personnel (Effective January 1, 1993).
The following are the job groups and wage rates of the employees covered by the agreement between the Municipality of Bethel Park and Teamsters Local No. 205, effective January 1, 1993, through December 31, 1996, and the basic hourly wage rate of compensation such employees shall be paid in the respective job groups during the period indicated. It is understood that these rates are minimums only and that the Employer retains the right to hire a new employee at any rate as long as it is equal to or exceeds the minimum and does not exceed the maximum wage rate under the contract.
Job Groups
1/1/93 Hourly Rates
1/1/94 Hourly Rates
1/1/95 Hourly Rates
1/1/96 Hourly Rates
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
*A. Coddington
Police radio desk
*Designates red circle rate.
New Hires.
The following rates shall be effective for all employees who have not achieved the "Full Rate" and for employees hired after the effective date of the agreement.
Initial rate
After completion of 6 months
After completion of 12 months
After completion of 18 months
After completion of 24 months
Full Clerk rate after completion of 27 months
Initial rate
After completion of 6 months
After completion of 12 months
After completion of 18 months
After completion of 24 months
Full Clerk rate after completion of 27 months
Police Communications Desk
Initial rate
After completion of 6 months
After completion of 12 months
After completion of 18 months
Full Clerk rate after completion of 24 months
The above-noted new hires rates apply only to employees occupying Clerk positions, Grade 4 or 5 positions or Police Communications Desk positions. In the event a newly hired employee successfully bids into a higher rated job, the employee shall immediately receive the full contract rate for that position.
Employees receiving a new hire rate who are temporarily transferred to a higher rated job shall receive the full rate for the higher rate job providing the temporary transfer is consistent with the temporary transfer provisions of the agreement.
Those employees entitled to longevity pay under the ordinances of the employer shall receive such longevity pay in addition to the hourly wage rates listed herein above in one lump sum payment in the first pay in December of each calendar year covered by the agreement.
A shift differential will be paid to any employee regularly assigned to a steady evening shift or night shift:
3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift - $0.35 per hour.
11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift - $0.50 per hour.
Planning Commission Consultant: $3,300 per year, payable at the rate of $825 per quarter,.
No emergency leave or annual vacation shall be granted any full-time employee unless such employee shall have completed at least 12 months' employment for the Municipality of Bethel Park.
Seasonal and part-time employees shall not be entitled to the benefits of full-time employees.
All benefits provided in this ordinance shall apply to full-time personnel, except that no remuneration for overtime shall be paid to be following:
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 1-12-1976 by Ord. No. 1-12-76B; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 1-9-78D]
Assistant Manager.
Finance Officer.
Director of Public Works.
Chief of Police.
Road Supervisor.
Environmental Supervisor.
Sanitation Supervisor.
Parks Supervisor.
Building Inspector.
Code Enforcement Officer.
Draftsman-Rodman Apprentice.
Sewage Supervisor
Community Development Director.
Special Coordinator.
Time lost by any employee by reason of leave without pay or time otherwise not worked will not be counted in computing earned sick leave or annual leave.
Work in excess of established schedules shall be permitted only when necessary to meet operating requirements. Such overtime must be authorized in advance by a designated officer.
The Municipal Manager shall be responsible for hours in excess of operating schedules and shall advise the Municipal Council of such expenditures made for overtime.
Designated supervisory personnel, under the supervision of the Municipal Manager, shall determine whether or not excess work is necessary and shall advise the Municipal Manager of such overtime.
The normal workweek for all employees is five consecutive eight-hour days, Monday through Friday, where such schedule is possible and has been the past practice for such employees. A regular workday shall consists of eight consecutive hours of work, exclusive of a one-half-hour lunch period. A split shift shall not be permitted at any time.
Time and one-half will be paid for all hours worked in excess of eight hours in any workday or 40 hours in any workweek. Time and one-half will be paid for all work on the employee's sixth or seventh consecutive workday within the same schedule workweek. There will be no pyramiding of overtime payment under this provision.
The workweek shall start Saturday at 12:00 midnight and shall end the following Saturday at 12:00 midnight.
A regular schedule of working house with a daily starting time shall not be changed unless at least 48 hours' notice of such change is given to the employee or employees involved.
Any employee who is called back to work after completing his regular day's work shall be guaranteed three hours of call-out time at time-and-one-half pay, except confidential employees.
Any employee who is assigned to work in a higher classification shall receive the rate of pay for such higher classification for the hours he so works, except confidential employees. However, if an employee is assigned to work in a lower classification, he shall nevertheless be paid his regular rate of pay.
No employee shall be justified or warranted without valid reason to refuse to work overtime on any day when the necessity for doing such overtime work arises because the job must be finished that day or because of any emergency that reasonably necessitates the doing of such overtime work. Any employee shall be given a one-half-hour paid lunch period for every four hours worked after eight hours in any workday. When a need for overtime arises, such overtime will first be assigned to those men who are regularly assigned to perform those functions for which overtime work is required. If men who normally perform such functions or activities are unavailable for the overtime work, it will be assigned on a municipality-wide seniority basis to those who qualified to perform the necessary overtime work.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
Time-and-one-half pay shall be calculated on overtime hours on the following basis:
Hourly employees at the rate in effect, plus 1/2.
Salaried employees at the rate of the yearly pay divided by 2,080 hours (52 weeks x 40), which will determine the regular hourly rate, and 1/2 of this rate in addition will be considered time and one-half.
The following increases shall apply to the longevity pay for all full-time, management, supervisory and other confidential employees:
[Amended 11-13-2000 by Ord. No. 11-13-00D]
Years of Service
Longevity as a Percentage of Base Salary
The employees entitled to longevity pay under the terms of this ordinance shall continue to receive such longevity pay in one lump sum payment the first pay of December each year.
All full-time employees shall be granted 12 legal holidays with full pay for the year 1977.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C]
Holidays observed for the year 1977 shall be as follows:
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C]
New Year's Day.
Washington's Birthday.
Good Friday.
Memorial Day.
Independence Day.
Labor Day.
Thanksgiving Day.
Day after Thanksgiving Day.
Veterans Day.
Christmas Day.
Personal Day.
Employee's birthday.
Any employee who is required to work on any of the above enumerated holidays shall be paid double (two times) his regular pay plus holiday pay.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as a holiday.
The employee's birthday shall be observed on the birthday, with the above ruling for holidays to apply if it falls on either Saturday or Sunday.
All full-time personnel shall be entitled to the above legal holidays except when it is necessary in order to meet operating requirements and maintain service that certain such personnel be required to work.
No pay shall be granted in lieu of holidays.
Personal days will be scheduled by management upon at least two weeks' notice of a request for a personal day by an employee. Where possible, management will honor the request of the employee, provided that not more than one employee in any department shall be off on the same day. Where one or more employees have requested the same day as a personal day, conflicts in preference will be resolved in order of seniority. The municipality will reserve the right to approve or disapprove the taking of personal days in light of efficient operation of the municipality.
[Added 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
To be eligible for holiday pay, the employee must have worked the last scheduled workday prior to the holiday and the next scheduled workday after the holiday within the employee's scheduled workweek, unless the employee is absent because of a death in the family, occupational injury, jury duty or other reasonable cause acceptable to management.
All full-time employees shall be entitled to receive the following vacations with pay:
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 1-9-78D; 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
Non-Bargaining-Unit Personnel
Years of Service of
Number Weeks
After 1
After 5
After 10
After 15
After 20
A week's vacation shall consist of five working days, 40 hours' pay, at the employee's straight-time hourly rate.
Employees shall select their vacation periods in December in the order of their seniority during the approved vacation period posted by the Municipality of Bethel Park. Employees shall be required to take time off for their vacation. In the event extenuating circumstances justify the municipality's requesting that an employee return to work during his vacation period, approval must be received from the employee. Such employee who so returns to work from his vacation shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half his regular hourly rate of pay for such vacation that he so works. Such employee shall be given another vacation period as the municipality's schedule permits, or the employee may elect to take his vacation pay in lieu of additional days off.
Employees shall take vacations in minimum units of one week but shall be encouraged to take their total vacation in consecutive weeks.
If a holiday occurs during an employee's vacation period, such employee shall get an additional day off with pay at a time mutually agreeable to the municipality and the employee.
Layoffs or absence due to illness not exceeding 90 days shall not limit or abridge the employee's right to full vacation with pay.
It is recognized that vacations are based on past service. Hence, when an employee has completed a year of service in accordance with his anniversary date of hire, he shall be deemed to have earned his vacation and pay, even though he does not take vacation nor receive vacation pay at that time. Further, if his employment is terminated prior to a subsequent anniversary date of hire, he shall also receive vacation pay prorated in accordance with the number of months he worked since the last anniversary date of his employment to the date of termination. However, if an employee quits his job without notice or is discharged for just cause, he shall forfeit his termination vacation pay.
No employee shall be permitted to waive vacation for the purpose of receiving double pay.
Sick leave with full pay shall be granted at the rate of 12 working days per year or one working day for each calendar month of full-time service or major fraction thereof.
Sick leave days may be accumulated up to 100 days by each employee.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
Illness or injury requiring time off will be charged against the normal accumulation of sick days.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
Nonoccupational major illness or injury.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
Nonoccupational major illness or injury requiring time off will be covered by sickness and accident benefits equal to 66 2/3% of the basic weekly wage not to exceed $300 per week for 26 weeks. Said benefits shall be paid only after an employee has used up all accumulated sick leave days and accrued vacation.
Nonoccupational major illness or injury that results in total disability will be covered by sickness and accident benefits equal to 60% of the basic monthly wage not to exceed $2,500 per month; provided, however, that more than 180 days have expired since the accident or illness. All benefits shall be integrated in accordance with the prevailing insurance contract.
The provisions of the insurance contract in effect at the time of the major nonoccupational illness or injury shall prevail in determining eligibility, disability, payment amounts, elimination periods and any other factor governing the receipt of benefits under this subsection.
All employees must report off sick at least one hour prior to their starting time. Employees using earned sick leave shall be considered to be using sick leave against the accumulative leave.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C]
All full-time employees shall be required to file competent written evidence (doctor's certificate) after three days' leave that his absence was for an authorized reason. If said employee is incapacitated for the period of absence or major part thereof, he shall be required to provide evidence (doctor's certificate) that he is again physically able to perform his duties. Claiming sick leave or emergency leave benefits except as permitted may be cause for disciplinary action, including suspension, demotion or dismissal.
At retirement, death or termination of employment of an employee due to permanent reduction of force or elimination of a department function, the employee may request that he be reimbursed for each of his unused accumulated sick leave days at the rate of 60% of the employee's straight-time daily pay for each of his unused sick leave days for employees with 24 or less years of service.
[Amended 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 4-10-1978 by Ord. No. 4-10-78F; 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
On an annual basis, computer from December 1 through November 30 each year, the employer will pay to each employee 50% of the gross daily wages in effect for each employee on November 30 of such year for each accumulated sick leave day in excess of 100 days. Such payment shall be made, whenever practicable, in the first pay of December thereafter.
[Added 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
[Amended 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
In cases of death in the immediate family, up to three working days, i.e., days for which the employee was scheduled for work, with pay, if necessary, will be granted to regular employees at straight-time rate. "Immediate family" is defined as husband, wife, children, parents, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
In the event of death of an employee's aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, an employee will be granted one day off if necessary, with pay, for his/her absence if such is the employee's regular scheduled workday.
The Municipality agrees to provide and pay for hospitalization and medical insurance coverage for all full-time employees, while in the employ of the Municipality, and their dependents. Said program shall be the Comprehensive Blue/Cross Shield/Major Medical Program (MedSave) or substantially equivalent program) or, at the employee's sole option, one of the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) options offered by the Municipality to employees in the bargaining unit, excluding employees receiving buy out compensation under Section 12.11.5 of the Code. Said program shall also cover children up to 25 years of age while attending college, and mentally retarded children, regardless of age.
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 5-10-1993 by Ord. No. 5-10-93A]
Employees on approved sick and accident leave shall be covered by the hospital and medical program for a period of one year. However, if any employee is on leave of absence due to an injury received on the job, he shall be covered by said hospitalization and medical program for a period of two years.
Dental and eye-care program. The Municipality shall provide for dental and eye benefits through the Blue Cross/Blue Shield High Option Dental and Eye-Care Program for each employee and his family. Such coverage is contingent upon acceptance of enrollment in the plan by the insurer.
[Added 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; amended 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D; 2-7-1983 by Ord. No. 2-7-83A; 4-10-1989 by Ord. No. 4-10-89D]
The employer agrees to carry an employee on his group medical plan from age 62 to 65 upon early retirement. The full cost of such coverage shall be borne by the employee and shall be subject to immediate cancellation if full payment is not received within 30 days of the receipt of the invoice from the Municipality. The employee further agrees to file and secure Medicare coverage when available and report the receipt of the same to the Municipality. The employer agrees to assist the employee in obtaining a Medicare supplement, if available and desired, which shall be in the form of a private plan and carried at the employee's expense.
[Added 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-25-80D]
Duplicate hospitalization/medical benefits. Any employee who has duplicate hospitalization coverage under Section 12.11.1 above, upon furnishing proof of duplicate coverage satisfactory to the Municipality, shall receive the payment set forth below at the end of the calendar year in lieu of the Municipality providing such coverage, (or a prorated portion thereof for nonpayment of such benefits for less than a year) as an incentive for the employee to cooperate in disclosure of duplication and in consideration of the nonpayment of the full cost of each such coverage to the carrier.
[Added 5-10-1993 by Ord. No. 5-10-93A]
12 months of nonpayment in calendar year
(Pro Rata Example)
4 months of nonpayment in calendar year
Husband & Wife
Parent & Child
Parent & Children
[Amended 2-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2-11-74C; 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 3-14-77C; 11-25-1980 by Ord. No. 11-125-80D; 2-7-1983 by Ord. No. 2-7-83A; 1-12-1987 by Ord. No. 1-12-87A]
Life insurance. Life Insurance or death benefits shall be provided and paid for by the Municipality as follows:
[Amended 5-10-1993 by Ord. No. 5-10-93A]
Life insurance during employment: $40,000.
Accidental death and dismemberment coverage during employment: $80,000.
Upon retirement due to disability prior to age 65: life insurance in the amount of $8,500 until age 65.
Upon retirement at age 65: a death benefit coverage in the amount of $5,000.
Upon retirement at age 62: a death benefit coverage in the amount of $3,500.
Said Life Insurance or death benefit shall be paid to the named beneficiary(ies) of the employee or retiree upon presentation of a certified copy of a death certificate.
Pursuant to the Municipality Pension and Retirement Plan (Ordinance No. 2-8-65B) for all employees other than police personnel, full-time employees, as defined in the plan, shall become members of the retirement fund and shall pay or contribute towards the pension and retirement fund an amount equal to 2% of their monthly salary and wages. These amounts shall be in addition to social security payments made by the employee.
The Municipality shall participate in the social security system.
Any employee who has been called to jury duty or called to serve for two weeks in the active service of the various branches of the United States Armed Forces shall be compensated in the amount which will be necessary to equal the difference between the employee's regular pay and the compensation received for jury duties or armed forces pay.
When an employee receives notice of such services, he shall notify his supervisor immediately.
Where the good of the service is involved, a leave of absence granted to any employee to attend a recognized official meeting shall be considered as time on duty, except that no such leave shall be granted unless a written request has been made to the Municipal Manager.
Any employee called into the active service of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States shall be granted leave of absence for the period of such service without loss of status provided that the employee applies for reinstatement within 90 days after honorable discharge. The application for reinstatement shall be addressed to the Municipal Manager.
Any employee may be granted a leave of absence without pay for a period not to exceed 60 days in any one calendar year for sickness, disability or other good and sufficient reasons which are considered in the best interests of the municipality. Leave without pay shall require advance approval of the Municipal Manager; provided, however, that the Municipal Manager shall not grant such leave for a period of more than 10 consecutive days without the consent of Council.
Any employee wishing to leave the service of the Municipality in good standing shall file with the Municipal Manager, at least 14 days before leaving, a written resignation stating the effective date of resignation and the reasons for leaving. Failure to comply with the provisions of this section may be considered cause for denying such employee future employment and for denying him such benefits as have been made available. Unauthorized absence from work for a period of three working days may be considered as a resignation without benefits.
The Municipal Manager shall have power to negotiate any or all contracts for insurance and to prescribe, amend and enforce rules and regulations for carrying into effect the provisions of this ordinance, and shall be governed thereby. Before any such rules and regulations are in force, or before any contracts for insurance are made final, they shall first be approved by Council. When such rules and regulations have been so approved, they shall not be annulled, amended or added to without the approval of Council.
[Amended 3-14-1988 by Ord. No. 3-14-88A; 9-12-1988 by Ord. No. 9-12-88; 6-12-2017 by Ord. No. 6-12-17A[1]]
Effective this date, anyone who is employed by the Municipality of Bethel Park, with the exception of police officers, shall reside in the Municipality or shall move into the Municipality within 12 months of their date of employment and shall remain a resident of the Municipality of Bethel Park so long as they are employed by the Municipality.
However, the following employees are exempt:
Those employees who were not residents of the Municipality as of March 8, 1971.
Any employee for whom Council waives the residency requirement based on its determination that such waiver is in the best interest of the Municipality of Bethel Park and its residents in order to attract or retain highly qualified personnel.
This section shall not authorize waiver of residency requirements for Bethel Park Police Department employees covered by civil service, or for employees represented for purposes of collective bargaining by Teamsters Local 205, or for any employee who is required to reside in the Municipality of Bethel Park pursuant to the Home Rule Charter of the Municipality of Bethel Park.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance provided that it shall be effective retroactively to January 1, 2017, in 30 days from adoption.
[Amended 4-7-1974 by Ord. No. 4-8-74D]
All municipal employees, except members of the Police Department, shall retire on the last day of the month in which they reach their 65th birthday.
Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance shall be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.