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Montgomery staff salary study underway
Village staff seeking salary info from other communities

by John Etheredge


Montgomery Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel told the village board Monday evening village staff is continuing its work on an employee salary study.

Zoephel said as part of the study village staff is seeking wage and benefit information from eight other area communities comparable in size to the village.

"Five of the communities have responded, but we're still waiting on the other three," he said.

Board member Pete Heinz questioned the need for the study.

"Why should we care what the other villages are paying? We're taking care of our own people here," Heinz said.

Zoephel responded that the village needs to be competitive.

"We want to keep our good employees and part of that is knowing what our competitors are paying and being competitive with them," Zoephel said, adding, "When I first started here (in 2002) we had police officers going (to other communities) left and right because our wages were very low. We check our surrounding communities just to make sure we are in line with them."

Zoephel also updated the board on the study as the board discussed the adoption of a prevailing wage ordinance.

Heinz also questioned the ordinance.

However, Steve Andersson, village attorney, noted the board passes a prevailing wage ordinance annually, as required by state law.

Andersson explained that any work ordinance affects those who work on village public works projects.

"Workers who work on public works projects have to be paid prevailing wage. In order to pay them that, the contractors have to know how much the prevailing wage is. We have to pass this ordinance so they (the contractors) know what that is," Andersson said, adding, "But these (prevailing) wages have nothing to do with any single village employee. This has only to do with private entities that do work in the village."

Board member Doug Marecek said he understood what Andersson was saying.

"So if we have hire an outside contractor to come in and do asphalt work or plumbing work the village requires that that company is paying prevailing wages to their employees coming to do the work," Marecek said.

Board members voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.

Balmorea fence
amendment OK'd

In other business Monday evening:

•Board members voted unanimously to approve a partial amendment to the annexation agreement for the Balmorea Subdivision on the village's far west side to allow homeowners in the subdivision to install fences on their property.

Prior to the board's vote several Balmorea homeowners voiced support for passage of the amendment.

•As part of their consent agenda the board approved the appointment of Gretchen Countryman of Maple Lane Ridge to a three-year term on the village's historic preservation commission.

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