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Batavia committee says to freeze salaries for aldermen

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council’s Government Services Committee on Monday recommended 4-0 to keep aldermen’s pay at $200 for a City Council meeting and freezing the mayor’s salary.

The full City Council is set to vote on the recommendation Monday. The issue was sent back to committee after aldermen couldn’t come to agreement on a proposal to cut aldermen’s pay by 10 percent and freeze the mayor’s salary.

The committee also recommended increasing the city clerk’s compensation by 5 percent annually for the next four years, beginning in May.

Aldermen had debated a proposal to cut their pay from $200 to $180 for each City Council meeting they attend. Their pay was increased from $180 to $200 in 2004.

“I think we should reduce it,” 4th Ward Alderman Jim Volk said at Monday’s meeting. “It’s still tough out there, and it’s going to get tougher.”

First Ward Alderman Garran Sparks, vice chairman of the Government Services Committee, opposed reducing aldermen’s pay.

“For me, it is a good enough goodwill gesture that we haven’t raised our compensation in eight years,” Sparks said.

There also was a proposal to freeze the mayor’s salary. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, per city ordinance, is paid $26.05 an hour not to exceed $2,605 a month.

Schielke, who is up for re-election in April, has not decided whether he will run again. He has endorsed freezing the mayor’s salary.

“You have to lead by example here,” he said previously. “You don’t do this for the money.”

According to a recent survey of compensation for elected officials in nearby communities, Geneva aldermen make $150 every City Council meeting, and St. Charles aldermen are paid $175 for each City Council meeting.

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