The Minonk City Council discussed the suggested pay scale for Public Works employees at their normal Monday night meeting. The discussion evolved around how to budget for salaries each year taking into consideration the different classes of expertise the employees have. Each class of expertise such as spraying, for example, could put an employee in a higher pay bracket. However, alderman John Marcoline asked if the City could afford to pay everyone the extra money for having passed the test for a certain class of work if they aren't doing that type of work. He suggested it might be better to pay an employee the extra money when they actually do the work such as spraying rather than incorporating it as an added amount to their hourly rate as a permanent increase. In other words, why pay 4 employees for the same skill when only one does the work.
Mayor Bill Koos told the council to review the pay scales and be ready to vote on it at the next council meeting.
Mayor Koos told the council it needs to decide if the city wants to continue to be part of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. He said the committee is being re-organized so that each city can assign one representative to the committee. There will be 5 positions to be filled and a county board member will also be assigned to the committee.
Mayor Koos said the person who is to represent the City on the committee will have to be able to attend meetings during the day once a month. In addition, it will cost the City $1600 annually to be on the committee.
Alderman Russell Ruestman said he felt it is worthwhile to belong to the Tri-County Planning Commission as they have helped the city in the past. Mayor Koos said the council will have to decide next month if they want to join and also decide who to appoint to the committee.
In other business, the council approved a motion to appoint Administrative Assistant Lisa Blanchard as the authorized IMRF agent. Alderman Mark McNamara said the city is ready to order the membranes for the water treatment plant but also need to order new seals for the plant at a cost of $792.