By Charlie Feldman
After some debate and public input, the Troy City Council approved changes in the duties and salaries of some elected officials at its Tuesday, September 8 meeting.
“The mayor’s salary remains what it was – $15,000 a year,” Mayor Allen Adomite later explained. “The aldermanic salaries remain what they’ve been, which is $7,500 a year. They reduced the clerk and treasurer’s salaries to the same as the aldermanic salaries, which is $7,500 a year. And the document moves the clerk from a full-time position to a part-time position, similar to the city treasurer.
“It was considered as an option eight years ago and it was also talked about when we filled the clerk’s position two years ago,” he said.
The elected clerk’s duties will be citizen oversight-related ones with the bulk of the work going to a full-time administrative clerk provided by the city, sort of like a judge who makes rulings versus a courtroom clerk who performs administrative duties, assists judges and lawyers and authenticate copies of the court’s orders and judgments with the court’s seal.
The clerk will assist in the preparation of materials to assist the elected clerk, who may also appoint a deputy but is directed to notify the city council and to issue appropriate credentials for that office.
The opening date to submit petitions to run for office in the April 2021 election was a factor in taking action. More talk and rewrites would put the clerk issue on the back burner for another four years. Salaries were crossed out on the proposed ordinance to get it passed while still leaving time for the trustees to think about the dollar amounts in time for the next meeting. These would have to be filled in or nobody would be paid during the next term.
But the dollar amounts for the amendment were already chosen by September 8. Both the ordinance and its amendment were passed on the same night.
By a council, four of which, along with the mayor, the city clerk and the treasurer, are serving terms that will expire before these changes will take place.
In other action, the council unanimously approved applying for benefits through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Support Program (Local CURE Program). In some cases, the funds may reimburse the total cost of some of the city’s COVID-19-related expenses.
This authorized the mayor to sign the application for federal money that goes through the state so that the city administrator can submit the request along with its list of expenses that may or may not be reimbursed such as PPE, plexiglass, signs in the hallway and hand sanitizer. The city has until the end of September to submit expenses for the first quarter, which is basically the beginning of March until the end of June. Any money that is left over goes back to the state.
Census results were also announced. According to updated information, 81.5 percent of Troy households have responded to the 2020 census online, by mail or by phone. This is lower than Maryville and about the same as Glen Carbon. However, statewide response is only 61.8 percent, according to figures provided.
The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, September 21 in the chambers at the Troy Municipal Building.