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Raises Approved, But Not All Selectmen Agreed With the Recommended First Selectman’s Salary.

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Aug 142013
 

town of orangeDuring tonight’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the subject of giving raises to the First Selectman, Town Clerk and Tax Collector, which was first discussed in the May meeting, Selectman Ralph Okenquist opened the discussion.

Using information from the Finance Office were time sheets for certain employees. Okenquist said First Selectman Jim Zeoli is down for 37 hours per week when he actually works closer to 50-60 hours per week.

A breakdown of the hours and salaries reflect to the approximate following hourly pay:

The Building inspector averages $29.93 per hour; the first selectman averages about $31 per hour; Park & Rec Director avg $36.60; and the Orange School Business Administrator averages $46 per hour.

Okenquist put out the numbers from similar towns and stated everyone makes more money than the Orange first selectman — $3,000 below the average.  He has no human resources manager, etc, yet he is the second lowest paid in the group.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt disagreed with the way the numbers were calculated.  He said a fair raise for the first selectman would be 4% not 7% /$85,000 nothing more

Selectman John Carangelo said 7% is a fair and reasonable rate and the First Selectman deserves to be paid a fair and reasonable rate.

Selectman Joe Blake agreed that the first selectman should get a 7% raise because of all the responsibilities the position requires.

Okenquist made a motion to raise the First Selectman’s salary to $88,000 for the next two years.

Zeoli said the budgets of the towns that the first selectman, town clerk and tax collector operate under are vastly different from town to town.  People in these positions with $14 million town budget make more than Orange’s employees, while Orange has a much higher town budget. “I’m not in it for the money, I do it for the town,” he said.

Okenquist made a motion that the Tax Collector and Town Clerk both receive a salary of $60,000 for the next two years, reflecting a 7.4% raise.

All three salaries were approved [though not unanimously for the First Selectman.] The First Selectman’s position received closer to a 4% raise, which comes to a little more than $5,000 over 2 years.

First Selectman, Town Clerk’s Salaries Again On Board Of Selectmen’s Agenda

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Aug 142013
 

Town Seal

Town Seal

The regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen takes place tonight in the lower level meeting room of Town Hall, at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  • Call to order
  • Fire Exits
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

 To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 10, 2013 (enclosure)

 

NEW BUSINESS

 To consider and act on the bid recommendation for mill and pave of Lambert Road (enclosure) – Stephen Savarese, Director of Public Works

To consider and act on the bid recommendation for the Case Memorial Library Roof Replacement/Painting (enclosure) – Stephen Savarese, Director of Public Works

To consider and act on the request from the American Cancer Society to use the fairgrounds May 31-June 1, 2014 for the Relay for Life event (enclosure)

To consider and act on the approval of a sign for Ewen Farm Preserve – James Zeoli, First Selectman

To consider and act on the request to conduct the Platt Tech 5K Race and Fun Walk in Orange (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request from Verizon Wireless to lease land for a cell tower at Turkey Hill Preserve (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the approval of the Board of Selectmen Annual Town Report for FY 2012-2013 (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds for the month of August in the amount of $958.08 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

  1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
  2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
  3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
  4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Blake, Okenquist, Zeoli

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Personnel Discussion Regarding Salaries & Benefits for Elected Officials

Close Executive Session and convene Regular Meeting

VOTE

  • Possible Vote on Salaries and Benefits for Elected  Officials

Close Regular Meeting

                                           FYI

  • Approved Minutes, June 12, 2013
  • Revenue & Expenditure Reports
  • Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations
  • Labor Day Weekend Concert Flyer
  • Updated/Recently Printed Town of Orange Street Map
  • Memo regarding Bank Deposits/New Treasury Clerk