Salary request deniedCouncil defeats motion for pay raise
RIVERSIDE—The Riverside city council turned down a request to raise Lory Young’s salary and the request for Young’s title to be changed to city clerk at Monday’s meeting.
Rogerson asked the city council to consider his requests for a raise for Young to $28.08 an hour and asked for her job title to be changed to city clerk. He said he would like the raises for city staff members to be based on budget rather than population.
Councilor Bob Schneider Jr. made a motion for Young’s wages to be raised to $24.07 an hour and for her to have the title of city clerk. Kirkwood said it would need to be done as a resolution. The motion was amended pending research on whether or not it needed to be done as a motion or as a resolution by Schneider.
Kirkwood disagreed with the idea of giving Young a raise. She said someone working for the city a little over a year shouldn’t expect a wage increase like this. She also said this was another example of irresponsible spending and the council needed to wait until after the city’s budget had been worked out to do wage increases.
Rogerson said Young’s performance had nothing to do with previous events at city hall and said he was only making a recommendation to the council.
Schneider agreed with Rogerson about the recommendations.
“I think it’s unfair for us to sit here and penalize Lory,” Schneider said. “She has been here for almost a year and we had talked about raising her wages in six months, if I remember correctly, during our discussion when we hired her.”
Schneider also said Young has gone above and beyond her duties for the city. He said the city’s budget could take another year to be straightened out.
Poch called for a vote pending research. The motion was defended with Kirkwood, Kiene, and Kasdorf all voting no.
In other business the council:
• approved $3,436 to fund senior dining meals with the City of Lone Tree. The company that was doing senior dining in Riverside has discontinued its program there, and Lone Tree asked Riverside to work with them;
• approved a commercial grant for Hoard’s Bakery for $10,000 for building acquisition and façade repair on the outside of the building,
• approved another commercial grant for Greg Sojka’s building at 40 E. Third for roof repair in the amount of $1,998;
• approved applications for the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) mini grants, which will be awarded in July. The council told Rogerson to ask Riverside citizens what they would like the city to apply for using the city’s Web site;
• discussed the poison hemlock that is on the Riverside trail. Kirkwood asked the city to have the trail sprayed and for information to be sent out to
residents. Rogerson said something would be going out later this month;
• and approved a hotel/motel tax grant to the VFW for $10,000 for kitchen equipment replacement, which was lost in the last flood.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 24 as a work session for the city council at 7 p.m.