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|Hometown Pride Today; Pay Raises for Galesburg Aldermen Tomorrow
|The Galesburg City Council meeting is being delayed this week so that the city can pick up what many consider to be a well-deserved award.
Monday Night's Galesburg City Council meeting is being postponed until Tuesday, so that city officials and aldermen can be in Springfield Monday for the annual Governor's Home Town Pride Award ceremony. The city is one of a number of communities receiving the award this year for its now-year-old veterans memorial at Lincoln Park.
But when they convene for their meeting Tuesday, aldermen will, among other items, take final votes on proposed pay raises for the mayor, aldermen, city clerk, and city treasurer.
Seventh Ward Alderman Mike Lummis says he's not sure if he'll be there for the vote Tuesday, but will vote to raise all salaries except aldermen, and believes the mayor deserves it. "The Mayor's job -- I'm not talking about the individual; I'm talking about the office -- goes well beyond conducting (the City Council) meeting," Lummis said. "At virtually every public function, the Mayor is invited and expected to attend. The little city of Pittsfield -- 4,400 people -- pays their mayor $22,000 a year for a part-time position. So I think we're basically lacking on that."
Lummis says he considers the clerk and treasurer to be like department heads, so they deserve raises, too.
Several other aldermen, however, say none of the elected officials should get raises, while others are in favor of it.
The Galesburg City Council meets at 6pm Tuesday for a work session of the 2009 Fiscal Year budget, followed by the 7:30 regular meeting, all in council chambers at Galesburg City Hall.
|10 20 08 by Newsroom
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