Mayor, council to receive raises

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY — The Sidney Compensation Commission decided to increase the mayor and Sidney City Council members’ salaries at its Thursday morning meeting, on Jan. 28.

At the beginning of the meeting, Daniel Heitmeyer was appointed as the commission chair. The board then approved the minutes for their February 2019 meeting and went into an executive session.

After a discussion in the executive session, the commission determined to raise the mayor’s salary to $5,900, up from $5,500, and council members’ salaries to $4,800, up from $4,400, for the next two years, starting on Dec. 1, 2021.

According to the city charter, the compensation commission must meet every odd numbered year, prior to March 1, to determine the salaries for the mayor and council. A raise is not necessarily recommended every two years when the commission meets, but the last raise the mayor and council members received was in 2019.

Council may reject the commission’s salary recommendation by passing a resolution within 30 days of the Jan. 28, meeting. If no resolution of rejection is passed, salary amounts would be effective Dec. 1, 2021. At this point, a resolution has not been scheduled for either the Feb. 8 or Feb. 22 regular council meeting.

Commission members John Garmhausen and Jeff Hobbs were absent Thursday.

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.