Montcalm Township OKs pay hike for board, other officials

By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 12:05 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017

Standing, former Montcalm Township trustee Steve Hole speaks with Montcalm Township Trustee Tim Rau, at left, and Treasurer Rose Hyde, at right, after Wednesday’s Montcalm Township Board meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — The Montcalm Township Board has unanimously voted to give themselves and other township officials a 20 percent pay increase.

“Making these adjustments is hard. We’re not here to make a career for money,” Clerk Amy Richards read from a letter from Supervisor Mike Adams who was absent from Wednesday’s regular meeting.

During the April 12 board meeting, Adams brought up the pay and compensation schedule with a proposed increase monthly increase from $970 to $1,170 a month for the supervisor, clerk and treasurer. Trustees saw an increase from $100 to $120 per meeting.

“In the interest of representing the Planning Commission members, I want to reiterate that the Planning Commission members have to attend training,” Planning Commission Chairman Dick Karnatz told the board.

On April 12, the township board approved the new salary and compensation schedule without raises to the Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals, but with 53.5 cents per mile for those members to attend meetings.

After the April 12 meeting, Adams went back to the budget to see what he could do to address Karnatz’s concerns.

“Mike said last month there was some discussion why all departments were not included in our increased salary,” Richards said. “What Mike did was is he went back through the budget. It was intent that if we make an adjustment they be uniform for all.”

Richards presented a 20 percent increase for all boards, which was unanimously approved during Wednesday’s regular meeting. The 20 percent increase takes Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals member pay from $50 to $60 per meeting. The chairperson will receive $120 instead of $100 per meeting, and the recording secretary member’s pay increased from $95 to $114 per meeting.

“The Planning Commission and ZBA can support the increase,” Richards said. “The Planning Commission was under budget by 50 percent last year.”

Besides the 20 percent raise, the 2017 pay and compensation schedule increased the zoning administrator’s monthly salary from $325 to $395 and a deputy’s increase from $10 to between $12 and $15.

In Other Matters …

The Montcalm Township Board:

• Unanimously voted to give Montcalm Township Fire Department $1,000 to pay for the concrete slab for the department’s new equipment shed.

• Unanimously voted to seek $260,000 in financing for the Montcalm Township Fire Department building which was approved in last November’s millage vote.

• Unanimously voted to terminate a portion of a farmland development agreement approved in the summer of 2016 because some buildings included in the agreement that were not part of the owner’s plan.

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