The Chesterton Town
Council voted unanimously at its meeting Wednesday night to approve an
across-the-board 2-percent wage hike for municipal employees in 2019.
The only exception:
full-time Street Department employees were granted scheduled raises ranging
from 4.31 percent to 6.86 percent.
members, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela, and board and commission members
did not receive raises under the 2019 Salary Ordinance.
stipends, and retainers for department heads and other select employees:
* Town Council
* Plan Commission
* Board of Zoning
Appeals member: $1,320.
* Utility Service
Board member: $3,033.
* Town Manager:
* Town Engineer
(plus MS4 Superintendent, and Utility Engineer: $98,557.13.
* Police Chief:
* Fire Chief:
Attorney: retainer of $23,657.
In other business,
members unanimously elected Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th, to the presidency of
the council in 2019; and Member Dane Lafata, D-3rd, to the vice-presidency.
Cobbs, taking the
gavel, then announced his presidential re-appointments to the Redevelopment
Commission: Lafata, fellow Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, and Nick
Walding. The council as a body then elected Jeff Trout (re-appointment) and
Lynda Schoberth (new appointment) to the Redevelopment Commission.
* To the Chesterton
Economic Development Company: Jim Ton (presidential re-appointment); and
Richard Riley (council re-appointment).
* To the Stormwater
Management Board: Tom Kopko (presidential re-appointment).
* To the Utility
Service Board: John Schnadenberg (council re-appointment).
* To the Tax
Abatement Advisory Committee: Robert Allison, Phoebe Jane House, Stephanie
Kuziela, Dane Lafata, and Lynda Schoberth (council re-appointment).
The council also
voted unanimously to re-appoint all department heads.
will be made in the New Year, to the Police Commission and Tree Committee,
following interviews of seven candidates scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Monday,
voted unanimously to appoint, on a temporary basis, Rod Corder to the BZA,
to replace Kim Goldak, who for personal reasons will be unable to attend the
January, February, and March meetings.