IM council pay raise misses ballot for Nov. 8 election | News, Sports, Jobs
IRON MOUNTAIN — A proposal that would have raised pay for Iron Mountain City Council members for the first time in 37 years will not reach the Nov. 8 ballot due to a missed deadline.
The council had voted 5 to 1 on July 5 to submit language calling for a change in the city charter to increase council pay to $30 per meeting, with a maximum of $1,500 per year. The current salary of $10 per meeting and a maximum of $500 per year has been in place since 1985.
The proposal was sent to the Michigan Attorney General’s office for review, but was not returned by the August 2 printing deadline.
State officials confirmed that an email was received from City Clerk Isaac Micheau but was not noticed or forgotten, the city council informed. By the time an inquiry was sent, it was too late, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said.
A second proposal, concerning the civil service system, was voted on on 8 November. That question — forwarded to the attorney general’s office after a 5-0 council vote on June 20 — will exclude entry-level employees from the civil service section of the charter.
City officials say current exam requirements make it too difficult to fill vacancies in a timely manner when other standards may apply.
Voters were last asked to approve an increase in board compensation in 2013 when an increase to $40 per meeting was proposed, with a maximum of $2,000 per year. Annual increases of up to 3% related to the consumer price index were also included. This proposal was rejected — 151 no against 73 yes.
At the request of the attorney general’s office, council on Monday passed a resolution to withdraw the final pay raise issue. To be on a subsequent ballot, the board would have to resubmit wording for consideration.
Council member Ken Clawson had opposed the new proposal. Charter changes must be approved by at least two-thirds, or five votes, of the seven-member council to be put before voters.
In another action on Monday, the council:
≤ Noted that the fire hydrants will be emptied starting next week. Public works will begin Monday on Lehman Avenue, near the well site, and will proceed from north to south over the next four days.
≤ Approval of an easement request from We Energies to allow the delivery of electricity via an underground cable to a parcel on Tower Drive.
≤ Approved payment of $840 dues, or $20 per full-time municipal employee, to the Northern Michigan Public Service Academy of Marquette. Membership provides access to municipal training sessions in the Upper Peninsula.