McLouth council makes changes to salary ordinance
by Dennis Sharkey
The city of McLouth gave more definition to what city workers will be compensated with an ordinance approved last week.
The ordinance approved sets salary ranges for city employees. Other changes include specifying mileage reimbursement for traveling and setting the cost for paying for court employees. For salary employees an annual range is set with a minimum and maximum and for hourly workers an hourly wage range is set.
Struck from the ordinance is a section that says the city administrator shall recommend to the mayor and council what employee compensation should be.Approving the ordinance was the final action for two city council members. Councilwoman Barbara Hasemeier voted yes and Councilman Harlan Woodring abstained. Councilman George Bowen voted not to approve. The ordinance passed 4-1. An abstaining vote is considered a yes vote on the tally.
Mayor Keith Meador presented both Woodring and Hasemeier with certificates of appreciation for their service on the council. Woodring has served 10 years. Hasemeier has spent the last two years on the council.
“Sometimes it’s a tireless event and a tireless job,” Meador said about serving on the council. “We don’t say thank you quite often enough.”
Taking their seats were new councilmen Don Nowak and Douglas Patterson. Bowen was also sworn in.
Abegg was re-elected by the council to serve as president.
All three will serve a three-year term that will expire in 2015. At that point the seats will become four-year positions.
Meador and Councilmen Karl Abegg and James Moore were all elected last year to a two-year term. Next year their positions will be up for election to a four-year term that will expire in 2017.
This was the last year the city held an annual election and will move to an every-other-year format next year.
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