WAGE STUDY APPROVED 8-3-15 LMS
Results of a Classification Compensation Study and Job Description update will include pay raises for some city employees according to an August 3 report from City Finance Director Amy Fealko.
She told the Salmon City Council that based on the study, first year implementation of the results will involve moving everyone into the appropriate pay or market range plus a one and a half percent Cost of Living/Market Adjustment (COLA) wage increase. She said the changes have been included in the cityís budget figures.
Councilman Jim Bockelman made a motion to accept recommendations from the Classification and Compensation Study and the motion passed unanimously.
During a public comment period one of Robert Dunlopís comments was aimed at acceptance of the COLA study. He said the council should keep in mind that the people who will be paying taxes for the COLA raises havenít had raises themselves in a long time.
Earlier in the meeting the council passed budget ordinances which included a council pay raise that took its job salary from the present $5,400 per year to $6,000 per year.
Referring to that raise Dunlop commented that members of the City Council are already adequately compensated for their work and knew what the job paid when they ran for office. He said the exception was Mayor Marshall whose duties increased when the council decided not to hire a replacement City Administrator. Dunlop said since several members have said theyíll run again for office the current wages canít be that bad.
Dunlop owns one of the three camp grounds in the city and in regards to the debate over on-site RV parking for Sacajawea Center hosts and program participants he said he remembers when there used to be an RV parked at the center for the use of a host. He said having volunteers at the center is not a bad idea because volunteers do get tired over time and without them the city would have to pay all center operational costs. He said the National Park in Deer Lodge, Montana offers lodging at a private park for its volunteers. He said while he appreciates everyone trying to protect private businesses the council should not get hostile to a new idea.
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