London city council considers raises for elected officials

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(Posted Nov. 26, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London city council member Dick Minner introduced legislation calling for wage increases for the city’s elected officials and appointees. The last increase was in 2008.

“I think it’s time we adjusted the amount of money we pay elected officials,” Minner said at council’s Nov. 16 meeting.

If passed, the measure would grant a one-time 33 percent wage increase, effective Jan. 1, 2020, to the mayor, auditor, law director, treasurer, council president, council clerk, council members, and board of public utilities (BPU) members.

The new wages would be as follows:

Mayor–$40,000

Auditor–$60,000

Law director–$93,338

Treasurer–$6,667

Council president–$8,000

Council clerk–$8,000

Council members–$6,667

BPU members–$6,667

Joe Mosier, safety service director, said the requested 33 percent increase is based on the combined increases the city’s unionized employees have received since 2008. The ordinance also calls for small raises for the positions of civil service chairman and civil service member, the annual wages for which would be $500 (up from $) and $400 (up from $350), respectively. The BPU and civil service positions are appointed, not elected.

Council member Josh Peters introduced legislation calling for an increase in salary ranges for department heads and non-union personnel. If passed, the new ranges would go into effect immediately and be as follows:

Safety service director–$58,294 to $77,681

Police chief–$57,276 to $76,324

Police captain–$55,208 to $73,568

Fire chief–$57,276 to $76,324

Recreation director–$37,020 to $49,332

Tax director–$10,000 to $60,453

Street superintendent–$45,366 to $60,453

Water superintendent–$45,366 to $60,453

Sanitation superintendent–$45,366 to $60,453

Utilities director–$42,236 to $56,283

Administration executive assistant–$35,802 to $47,708

The request comes as city’s unionized personnel are receiving wage increases, Peters said.

Council also held a first reading on next year’s budget. Council member Rex Castle said the proposal calls for more money for services to the community. Mayor Pat Closser said Census numbers show the city is growing and, therefore, the city needs to provide more services, from recreation to safety, to the citizens.

Closser thanked the finance committee for trusting in the administration’s vision when putting together the budget.

“This budget process is the best budget process I’ve been through with the city of London,” he said. He served on council for five years before being elected mayor two years ago. “I appreciate the teamwork.”

Castle noted that some changes are still in store for the proposed budget as healthcare costs are finalized and revenue predictions are honed.

In other business:

  • A Mexican restaurant, set to open in the Eagleton shopping center on Lafayette Street, applied for a liquor license.
  • The city bid farewell to Sgt. Ross Tipton, who retired after 27 years with the London Police Department, and to officer Laura Wilson who has secured employment elsewhere. Chief Glenn Nicol thanked Sgt. Joe Cox for his work on a random FBI audit, for which the department received a perfect score.

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