Tunnelton City Council approves pay increases | New
TUNNELTON – Tunnelton City Council plans to raise the salaries of elected officials for the first time in more than two decades – but not before a new council takes office.
The council’s salary discussion came after the council agreed to increases for city workers at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Brian Harris said the town’s three workers typically get a 3% annual pay rise.
“But inflation is generally around 1.5%, and since the same time last year, inflation has actually been 5.5%,” Harris said. “So I would personally like to propose a 7% increase. “
The council unanimously agreed after checking that the city could afford the increase.
City Councilor Lee Moats then raised the issue of increases for city officials. The salaries of the mayor, clerk and council members have been the same for at least 20 years, said city clerk Rita Nicholson.
Council members are paid $ 15.41 per month, the secretary $ 50 per month and the mayor $ 75 per month.
This board cannot approve increases for current members. According to the state code, increases can only take effect when the next council begins its term.
“If inflation rises for others, it rises for us as well,” said Councilor Patty Nicholson. “Our time is as precious as that of others.
If employees get a 7% raise, the board should get 5%, she suggested. But 5% isn’t even $ 1 for council members, the mayor said. Secretary April Wright said she would like board members to be paid as much per meeting as water and sewage board members, who receive $ 25 per meeting.
Harris suggested increases of $ 25 across the board, with an increase, based on inflation, whenever a new board sits. The Council accepted.
“Then we don’t end up in this situation anymore because it’s just automatic,” Harris said.
A second reading is necessary to modify the ordinance fixing the salaries of the mayor, the clerk and the council.
In other areas, the city’s waste control officer Brian Moreland said efforts to clean up Tunnelton were “still ongoing.” The municipal court did not take place this week due to a number of things, he said. Many residents he has asked to clean up their properties are doing so, he said.
” Things are moving forward. They’re not happy, but they do, ”Moreland said.
Tunnelton has signed an agreement with the Preston 911 Center that will allow Moreland to know via 911 if a vehicle is legal, if it is submitting the license or VIN number to 911. This was discussed earlier due to the number of vehicles. abandoned or abandoned in the city. .
The council acceded to the mayor’s request to spend up to $ 200 for work on the town hall. Harris said it was fair for the city to keep its property, as it is asking others to do the same. The money will be used to purchase stain for the stairs and railing at City Hall, paint for the flagpole, and to obtain new US and state flags.
In other cases, the board has voted to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Denver Water Association.
– Verification with Kingwood of the name of the company she hired to code her prescriptions and of its cost. The company collects all the ordinances in a city, determines which are the most common and which are legal under applicable law, and collects the effective ordinances in one document.
“It would be too much for us to manage on our own, I think,” said Councilor Patty Nicholson.
– Agreed to contract with Roth & White accountants to report for the Civil Service Commission and USDA for water and sewer services.
– Discussion on the use of the AT&T FirstNet cell phone network for the city’s water and sewer services. The service offers emergency services and city services such as priority use of the telephone over the network in an emergency.