City Clerk, members of Street Department among employees receiving four-percent raise in salary beginning in July '02.
Members of the Alta City Council passed a motion to raise the salaries of several employees of the City of Alta by 4 percent at their monthly meeting Monday night, as the council began its work on the town's budget for Fiscal Year 2002-2003.
The motion would increase the salaries of six municipal employees beginning in July of 2002, including the City Clerk, members of the Alta Street Department and the City Custodian.
City Clerk Tom Huseman, a 17-year veteran of the post, would receive a raise from $41,000 to $42,680, Street Superintendent Brad Pedersen would see his pay increased from $13.94 an hour to $14.49, Street Employee Willie DeMan would see an increase from $12.81 per hour to $13.32 per hour and Street Department employee Joe Hanson would receive a pay raise from $12.00 per hour to $12.48.
In addition, members voted to give custodian Jennifer Reetz, who cleans several Alta buildings, including the City Municipal Building and Alta Community Center, a raise from $8.50 an hour to $9.00 an hour for her work.
Salaries for members of the Alta Police Department, including Police Chief Tom Messerole, will be evaluated in June by the City Council.
The biggest issue which faced councilmembers during the budget portion of their meeting concerned City Code Enforcement Officer Andy Anderson, who asked the Council to increase the number of hours in his position from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week.
The council debated for over 15 minutes on the issue, as Anderson said he was consistently averaging over 32 hours per week on the job right now, and said the extra hours were necessary to do his job of Code Enforcer.
"If I do the job, I won't do it halfway, because the minute you do it halfway, you're going to get complaints," Anderson said. "I don't want to have to pick and choose what to enforce and what not to enforce."
The Council voted 4-1 to increase Anderson's work week from 20 to 25 hours effective immediately. Brian Walsh, who was in favor of Anderson's proposal to increase his week to 30 hours, was the lone council-member to vote nay.
The group will continue to work on the budget in a special meeting Monday evening.