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City Council approves salary increase for city administrator

May 15, 2013

Tonganoxie City Administrator Nathan McCommon’s contract has been renewed with about a 14 percent pay increase.

The Tonganoxie City Council approved McCommon’s annual salary at its regular meeting Monday. His pay will increase $10,000 to $83,500 with the raise.

Tonganoixe Mayor Jason Ward said Tuesday that Monday marked McCommon’s one-year evaluation. The council looked at area cities to compare pay in determining McCommon’s raise.

“As part of market assessments of surrounding communities of our size and based on the job Nathan’s done for our community, the council decided to give him a $10,000 increase in salary,” Ward said. “He’s done a great job. I think the community has been very pleased. He’s done such an amazing job working with our citizens and businesses. We are very pleased.”

McCommon, who originally is from Meriden, came to Tonganoxie a year ago from Kansas City, Mo., where he was a senior analyst in the city manager’s office. He previously served in municipal roles in Sedgwick County and Topeka, as well as in Kissimmee, Fla.

The council reviewed information showing salaries of other city administrators in northeast Kansas in cities with comparable populations to Tonganoxie. McCommon’s new salary puts him in the middle of the pack of those administrators. Cities used for comparison were Lansing, Eudora, De Soto, Spring Hill and Gardner.

McCommon also receives a stipend of $400 monthly for gasoline, as well as a city cellphone. Each city employee at a managerial level is issued a cellphone, McCommon said.

In other business, the council:

• Heard an update from McCommon about safety improvements at Stone Creek Drive/South Park and U.S. Highway 24-40. At a special meeting last month, the council asked city staff to pursue a traffic signal at Stone Creek Drive and South Park with no restrictive access at Laming Road. The motion also included intent to apply for emergency access funds in amendment to the corridor plan through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The motion also directed the mayor to write a letter to the corridor committee to request a meeting asking for consideration of an amendment to the plan.

McCommon said the corridor committee hoped to have a decision Friday about whether to ask KDOT to consider changing its corridor plan and install a traffic signal at Stone Creek Drive/South Park and U.S. 24-40.

• Met in executive session for more than an hour. The council met for 15 minutes to discuss trade secrets of a third party with McCommon, assistant city administrator Jennifer Jones-Lacy and City Attorney Mike Kelly. The council met for another 15 minutes to discuss pending litigation with McCommon, Jones-Lacy and Kelly. A third executive session covered non-elected personnel. A fourth executive session was for non-elected personnel and included Kelly. A final session, called for 2 minutes, included McCommon and Kelly.

• Approved payments of $6,658.55 to Commercial Aquatic Services for swimming pool chemicals, $8,603 to Fortis for police firearms, $22,791.75 to Honey Creek Disposal, $3,260 to Kincaid Ready Mix for concrete, $30,022.00 to Midwest Public Risk for employee benefits, $5,720.00 to Mize Houser and Company for part of the 2012 Financial Audit and $9,537.45 to Westar Energy for utility bills.

Comments

newtotown 11 months ago

This is so wrong it makes me sick....What about the employees who make a considerable amount less then the nearby cities? I bet he didn't do his research when he gave them a so called pay increase. He's making them buy their own coffee, he cut out work phone so now they have to use their personal phones, and I know more cuts are in the works. The city is going to lose some very good employees. The mayor needs to start looking out for them!!

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12345 11 months ago

Wait a minute - they were getting free coffee?

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newtotown 11 months ago

Yes the paying for coffee may sound humerable but when you add it to the numerous other item the mayor has cut to save on expenses its not. Especially when he just gets approved for a $10,000 raise.

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newtotown 11 months ago

The mayor has been here 1 year so he gets a $10,000 raise. What about the emloyeees who have been here double and triple the time? Doesn't the mayor and city council believe they do a great job as well? I think the paper needs to look into this further.

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Sissy 11 months ago

Read the story before you make a comment! The Mayor is NOT the one who received the raise. The City Administrator did. As far as city employees that have to buy thier own coffee and pay for their own phones. Welcome to the real world. Why should the peope of Tonganoxie have to pay for that kind of stuff??? The city of Tonganoxie pays the city employees very well. That is why you have employees that have been with the city a long time and the fact that some of them don't do sh*t...

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12345 11 months ago

Don't ruin a good story Sissy! This guy's comments are pretty comical!

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newtotown 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I meant the city administrator but to me they both get paid too much. Yes some of the employees don't do much but the ones that do don't get paid what they deserve. If the city council and administrator look at what the other citys pay their employees then they will understand where I am coming from. As for the phones, that is fine that they don't provide them but then they need to find other means of communication and stop using the employees personal phones. Over 50% of the calls are from the city. As for the coffee I'm just making a point. If they need to cut costs then why give such a raise if the city is hurting? We pay for the administrators lunch and coffee and a lot of other things that should not get expensed. The city and the people need to look into those. As for the city paying the employees well and that is why they don't leave. Now that's funny!!!!

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