La Verkin City Council Work Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, 111 S. Main, LaVerkin, Utah
Present: Mayor Ken Hooten, Council Members: Chantelle Browning, Richard Hirschi, Steve Leavenworth and Randy Reeve; Staff: Kyle Gubler, Troylinn Benson, Kevin Bennett, and Christy Ballard; Public: Patty Wise and Ray Justice.
A. Called to Order – Mayor Ken Hooten called the meeting to order at 5:33pm.
1. Salaries and wages
Mayor Hooten explained this item is on the regular meeting agenda as a public hearing with the opportunity for the Councilmembers to vote on it during the business section.
The La Verkin Community Theater is the other public hearing item and will be a business item on the August 16, 2017 meeting agenda.
Councilman Hirschi said after reviewing the options he is in favor of the proposed ordinances as written.
Kyle mentioned there was concern during the last discussion with the top of the range being too high.
There are two ordinances proposed. One is for the city recorder and city treasurer and the other one is for the rest of staff.
Councilman Reeve commented his original feeling was that the ranges were set to high. After thinking more about the issue, he has decided it is not the Councilmember’s job to decide employee wages. The Council is responsible for the entire City budget not individual budgets. If a director decides to give a raise, it will cut into their budget. He does not want to micromanage the departments.
He was undecided on the proposed ordinances.
Kyle explained there is a certain small amount for raises included in the City’s budget.
Any raise given that would be over budget would need to be done by a budget amendment and the Council would make the final decision.
Mayor Hooten went over the typical procedure for an employee to receive a raise, which is, director recommends, city administrator approves and mayor signs off on it before the raise is given.
The Council can address salary ranges at any time if they would like to make any changes.
Councilman Leavenworth said increasing ranges opens the door for the conversation of wage increases and that is what he likes about it.
Kevin reported the current salary ranges were set in 2009. Most of the employees are not close to the top of those ranges so this change is not necessarily to immediately give everyone a wage increase but to fix the issue of trying to hire people with wage rates from 2009.
The new ordinances will encompass all positions, including part time.
Kyle reported about 4 employees are over the current range, mainly due to cost of living increases.
The Directors all agreed that the small number of applicants received when hiring lets you know the wages in La Verkin City are an issue.
Mayor Hooten stated public safety is extremely competitive right now because people don’t want to go into that profession. If La Verkin spends the money to train an officer and another city offers them more money we should be able to compete.