SHAMOKIN - The code officer's work week has been increased by a vote of city council.

A 4-0 vote May 27 bumped Rick Bozza from 35 hours to 40 hours. He'll earn approximately $2,400 in additional salary through the end of the year as a result. His salary had been $30,339, according to the 2014 budget.

The vote was held at the end of a special meeting and occurred after a lengthy personnel session. It's result was announced during a workshop session Wednesday at City Hall.

Mayor William D. Milbrand said the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) suggested the move. It will result in increased enforcement of code violations, he said, generating additional revenue that he believes will offset the added salary.

Bozza said the extra hour each day will be spent on the street. He said he will work an additional 30 minutes daily, either at the beginning or end of his shift, and his lunch break will be reduced from one hour to 30 minutes.

The move was approved by Milbrand and council members David Kinder, Barbara Moyer and Charlie Verano. R. Craig Rhoades was absent for the May 27 meeting.

"You've got to spend a little to make a little," Kinder said.

A split vote of council in May restored the code office's secretary to full time. It was meant to boost revenue by freeing up Bozza, who had been spending about half his day performing secretarial duties inside City Hall since the start of the year after Kelly Seroski's hours were cut to part-time.