City council members Tuesday night approved a new wage chart that includes 2 percent salary increases for about 50 full-time non-union employees, but also some double-digit increases.
There was no public comment by aldermen after they met for about an hour in closed session to discuss specific employees and amending the wage chart.
Ward 1 Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. was the only alderman who voted against the salary increases.
Alderman Bill Black left the meeting prior to action on the wage chart and aldermen Sharon McMahon and Lois Cooper were absent.
Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Davis, who hasn’t attended a city meeting since August, was present at Tuesday night’s meeting. He apologized to the other aldermen and Ward 1 residents for not telling them his new job was going to force him to miss meetings.
“Hopefully things will be back on track,” Davis said, adding that his six-month probation is over at his University of Illinois food service position.
The approved salary increases are effective May 1 with the start of the city’s new fiscal year. There is one position’s salary that still must be set.
Some of the new salaries are based on additional duties as part of Eisenhauer’s reorganization of city departments.
The largest annual salary increases:
- Corporation Counsel David Wesner: $78,003 to $90,000. This is a 15 percent salary increase. Eisenhauer said Wesner has more legal responsibilities “in the hopes of reductions in legal costs.”
Wesner is doing more work on contract negotiations, etc., instead of the city hiring outside firms, according to Eisenhauer.
“He is a licensed corporation counsel who has saved us significant money …,” Eisenhauer said, adding that the salary for this position in other communities is higher.
- Services and operations manager Bob Scott: $71,349 to $80,000. This is a 12 percent increase. Eisenhauer said the increase is due to “additional responsibilities through the reorganization.”
- Urban planning manager Chris Milliken. Milliken was earning $48,700 as planning and zoning manager. That position has been eliminated. With his new position and new job title, Eisenhauer said Milliken’s new salary will be $60,000. This is a 23 percent increase in salary.