Village Board approves salary increase for Clerk

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Mayor, Trustee salaries not included in amendment

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 14, 2020) – At the June 2 Village Board meeting, Trustees voted unanimously to approve Ordinance #20-015, which amends Chapter 2, Article VII of the Lansing Municipal Code.

The Village Clerk salary is currently set at $45,000. Ordinance #20-015 proposes two possible levels of compensation—a full-time salary of $60,000 with health and medical benefits, or a part-time salary of $30,000 with no benefits. “The ordinance contemplates the Village Treasurer or Administrator certifying every year to the Mayor and the Village Board the amount of hours that the Clerk is working so that a determination can be made whether or not to treat the pay as full- or part-time,” explained Village Administrator Dan Podgorski.

At the February 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, Podgorski had proposed three salary increases to the Board:

  1. A 19% increase for the position of Mayor, raising the base pay from $52,000 to $62,000, and maintaining the $5,000 for Liquor Commissioner responsibilities. The proposal also recommended clarifying that the mayor functions as a full-time employee and should receive health and dental insurance.
  2. A 44% increase for the position of Village Clerk, raising the salary from $45,000 to $65,000.
  3. A 7.7% increase for the position of Trustee, raising the annual salary from $13,000 to $14,000, and providing an additional $1,000 for the Trustee who serves as Finance Chair, because of the extra responsibilities involved in that role.

Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich asked whether the salary increases for the Mayor and Trustee positions were still under consideration. She had indicated at the February meeting that she found it difficult to justify those proposed increases.

“I’m just presenting what I believe we have a majority opinion on, based on conversations I’ve had,” said Podgorski. “This ordinance only contemplates the Clerk position.”

Trustee Jerry Zeldenrust made a motion to approve Ordinance #20-015, Trustee Mike Manno seconded the motion, and the vote was unanimous.

The increase in salary will go into effect after the 2021 municipal elections. Whoever is elected Village Clerk at that time will receive the approved salary.

Vivian Payne ran as an Independent candidate and was elected Village Clerk in 2017. She joined the Village Voice Party in 2019 and plans to run on their ticket in 2021.

Village Board meetings

Village Board meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings are open to the public and take place at the Municipal Court Complex (the police station) at 2710 170th Street on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2020.

Elected officials are available between meetings for any members of the public who have questions or ideas:

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the article.

    I am outraged during a pandemic that the idea of a pay raise was approved. Do they have any idea how many essentials go to work everyday with pay cuts. Total slap in the face.

    Was clarification provided on whether the 44% increase in salary would also transfer the Collector duties back to the Village Clerk.

    • Thanks for your comment Tina. Just for clarification, the increase that was approved was not 44%. The Board approved a smaller increase—the approved full-time salary would represent a 33% increase. No mention of the Collector duties was made, so I believe those responsibilities still rest with the Treasurer.

    • Totally agree with you Tina. A total insult to the citizens of Lansing. Whether 44 or 33% it’s too large an increase! We have to remember who voted for this in the next election! This is way too high an increase and totally the wrong time in our faltering economy!

      • I also sent an email to the Mayor/ Admin/ Trustees. Looking forward to hearing the justification. I do not begrudge a person to making a good living, but I have never had a cost of living or merit raise of 33% ( thank you for the correction on that Melanie.) May I suggest all that are upset by this, please email our local officials. Still pending is the issue of the Mayor’s & Trustees raises. Not sure if the Village Administrator was up for a raise.

  2. Please reread previous articles about the Mayor and Trustee proposed pay raises. The name to remember is Maureen Grady-Perovich. She is the one who will not be voting for a raise citing the true meaning of what it is to be a civil servant. As for the raise for the clerk position, expect competition come next election. A good platform to run on would be a promise to do the job for less.

    P.S. Maureen, ever thought of running for Mayor?

  3. I am very happy the clerks position was increased. The last clerk had her salary greatly reduced by the last village administrator Jay. The position should have been raised when they left, I believe at 60,000 it is still below average.

    Am thrilled no one else got increases. The clerk does the lions share of the work (beside the blue collar peeps) in the village.

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