Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2002

City council considers salary issue

On a 4-1 vote, council OKs pay resolution

June 26, 2002

Tonganoxie City Council members on Monday opened the door to receiving compensation for their time on the council.

On a 4-1 vote, with council member Kathy Graveman opposed, the council voted to approve a resolution that authorizes salaries for the council and mayor. But deciding just how much the salary might be was left for another time.

"This allows it to happen," said Kathy Bard, assistant to the city administrator.

She said the council could decide the amount at the end of the year, when it determines pay for other positions, such as city attorney and municipal judge.

The resolution that the city staff had suggested included a $25 payment for council members for each meeting they attend and $250 a month for the mayor.

That suggestion was made after a survey was taken of area cities.

"Every city we talked to received some sort of compensation," Bard said.

Other council members, and City Administrator Shane Krull, noted that Mayor John Franiuk volunteers a substantial amount of time.

On a day, for example, that Franiuk attends a lunch meeting in Leavenworth, he must take off from work, Krull said.

"The mayor hasn't asked for it," he added.

Franiuk said he favors compensation.

"I think you're on the move to buying good government if that happens," he said.

Graveman was reluctant to vote for any amount of pay, even $1.

"With the economy the way it is right now, it would be nice to be compensated, but I think we need to look at ways to cut the budget," she said.

Also on Monday, council members:

Agreed to pay $5,819 to the county's probation office for 2003 to provide services for municipal court. That compares to $7,436 the city paid for this year's services and $4,232 paid for 2001.

Approved payment of $9,950 for an income survey of Tonganoxie residents. The survey results will be used when the city applies for grants from the state and federal governments. Generally, the grants serve low- to moderate-income residents. If the city has enough of these residents, it has an opportunity for grant money.

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