RDC members to get paid for meetings
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent October 1, 2012 11:24PM
Updated: November 3, 2012 6:24AM
CROWN POINT — Redevelopment Commission members stand to get paid for the first time for meetings they attend in a final revision of the 2013 salary ordinances.
Monday the City Council approved 6-0 salary ordinances for civilian and elected officials that includes per meeting pay for Redevelopment Commission members, a two percent salary increase for the mayor and clerk-treasurer and up to $1,000 stipends for all full-time employees if the city’s budget is approved as submitted. Councilman Robert Clemons, R-2, was absent.
Mayor David Uran made the push for pay for RDC members. The RDC is the only city board of commission whose members are not compensated. Board of Works and Public Safety members are paid $250 per meeting, Plan Commission members $150 per meeting and Board of Zoning Appeals members $100.
Uran said the RDC is responsible for a much larger pool of money than when it was first established and the responsibilities for members have increased.
“Redevelopment is engaged in a lot of different projects,” he said.
Pay for RDC members including councilmembers will be $100 per meeting, the same as pay for Board of Zoning Appeals members, starting in 2013.
Pay for the RDC was among the final tweaks to a salary ordinance officials have been refining for weeks. Two percent salary increases for the mayor and clerk treasurer proposed at last week’s budget meeting were approved. The increases represent the same 2 percent increase all full-time employees received in 2012.
Councilmembers removed any pay increase for themselves, including stipends for attending various committee meetings, until they have time to further review what other similar elected officials are being paid for their work.
Officials plan to revisit pay increase for councilmembers and the city court judge next year.