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TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville City Council held its regular meeting Monday night in the Taylorville Municipal Building where members discussed performance evaluation based raises for employees. There was an emphasis on keeping the performance based raises separate from the union raise.
Aldermen Kathy Driskell said she feels strongly that the evaluations should be available to the board so that the board can understand the range of potential salary increases.
City Attorney Rocky Romano said those evaluations should not be discussed in open meeting, but in closed session.
“I think we should give them all six percent and then give them two percent union on top of it and let’s start gapping. Let’s make it worth it to go up the ladder around here,” Aldermen Megan Bryant said.
The board went in to closed session at 7:48 p.m. to discuss salaries. After 40 minutes of closed session, the Council voted unanimously to give the fire chief and police chief six percent raises and to give the assistant police chief a four percent raise. The Cemetery Superintendent, Lake Superintendent, and Street and Sewer Superintendent unanimously received a two percent raise. The Health/Building Officer was given a two percent raise, with Aldermen Dorchinez and Driskell voting “no.”
The Mayor’s secretary received a two percent raise and was increased to Office Level 2 classification. A vote to increase the Human Resources Manager’s raise to two percent failed 4-5. Aldermen Bryant, Budd, Driskell, Skultety, and Wilson all voted “no.” A motion was passed to give the HR manager a one percent raise with Aldermen Bryant, Skultety, and Wilson voting “no.”
The Water Superintendent opted not to receive a raise.
In other action, the Council approved a business development deal between the city of Taylorville and Cozy Grind.
The city accepted the low bid from Henson Robinson Co. for the Municipal building roof in the amount of $166,147.
Phil Tullis Excavating was hired to remove a portion of the retaining wall in the Police Department parking lot at a cost not to exceed $2,750.
A proposal to increase the Sewer Tap fee to $300 and the Excavation fee to $500 passed.
The purchase of a 2022 John Deere X750 Diesel Lawn Tractor and 2022 John Deere X750 auto connect deck from Sloan Implement in the amount of $9,000 was approved.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next Taylorville City Council meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 20 in the Municipal Building beginning at 7:00 p.m.