FD council to ponder pay raise Monday

Fort Dodge City Council members will consider starting the process of raising the pay of future members of the governing body when they meet Monday.

A proposal before the council would raise the annual council salary by 27 percent to $6,100, which is a $1,300 increase from the current $4,800. If approved, that raise would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The Fort Dodge City Council will begin its work Monday with workshops on sidewalk related issues.

Those workshops will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

One workshop will be on providing assistance to get more sidewalks repaired by property owners. The other will be about proposed rules for sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail areas downtown.

The regular business meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

During that session, the elected officials will act on the first reading of a measure that would institute the pay raise. That raise was recommended Feb. 11 by the city’s Salary Advisory Review Board.

The council must approve the raise three times in order for it to go into effect.

The Salary Advisory Review Board did not recommend a raise for the mayor, who currently earns $15,000 a year.

In addition to the proposed raise, the major agenda items include borrowing $130,000 to pay for new police vehicles and computers and acting on applications for tax abatements.

Following the regular business meeting, there will be two more workshop discussions. One will be about industrial pretreatment of wastewater. The other will be about a water hydraulic model.