By Charlie Feldman
A yearly pay raise for whomever is serving as mayor next term was approved at the Maryville Village Board meeting held on Wednesday, October 7.
The purpose of this amendment to a village ordinance is to declare the mayoral salary within an excess of 180 days prior to the next term, according to Mayor Craig Short.
“The mayoral salary will be $70,000 with a 2.5 percent pay raise on each of the next three Mays,” that is, on May 1 at the start of the next fiscal year, Short said.
“The village of Maryville is unique the way we’re structured governmentally,” said trustee Wayne White. “The mayor doesn’t just serve as the president of the board. His day-to-day operations serve, basically, as city manager as well.
“He’s not a part-time mayor,” he continued. “He’s a full-time mayor and a full-time employee for the village of Maryville. Thus his salary’s aligned with what the village administrator would be.”
Short is running for another term.
In other action, the finance department has hired two full-time non-union clerks with the board’s approval. Ginny Fuhler is the new treasurer/clerk assistant and Melissa Loftus is the payroll/human resources clerk.
The hiring of one probationary firefighter/paramedic and four volunteer firefighters were also passed by the board. Travis J. Aldridge joins Jonathan Gantner of Glen Carbon, David Birk and Eric Schreiber of Maryville and Jordan Kolb of Collinsville in the department.
An email was read from village comptroller Marvin Brussatti announcing that he will retire during Spring 2021 on a date yet to be determined.
Short announced that the annual Turkey Trot, scheduled for November 14, has been canceled.
In other action the board approved:
• The bid from Midco Diving to clean the ground storage tank at a cost of $2,699 with a possible surcharge of $385 per hour for sediment over 3 inches.
• A full-service maintenance plan with Maguire Iron, Inc. for water tower repairs and maintenance.
• The purchase of a 2010 International two-ton dump truck with plow and spreader from Carrier Truck Sales, LLC in the amount of $30,000 for the street department.
• The resignation of Suzanne Helm from the Maryville Heritage and Museum Committee.
• Participation in programs provided for in the Illinois Fire Protection Training Act. This allows the village to apply for reimbursement for training through the state fire marshal’s office at whatever percentage they deem appropriate.
Building and Zoning Administrator Kevin Flaugher announced that during the month of September, 21 building permits were issued at a cost of $3,838.04 with an estimated valuation of $1,330,000.
As fire chief he reported that the department had 88 responses last month.
Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that during September his department answered 527 calls for service, issued 31 citations and filed four accident reports.
The next village board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.