Sunbury raises for 2013 brought up at October 3 Council meeting
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During the Wednesday, October 3, Sunbury Village Council meeting, council member Tom Zalewski raised a hot topic. He asked if employee raises would be in the 2013 budget. Village employees have not had pay raises since 2009.
“Cathy (Belcher) and I are talking about raises and health care; we’re going down that road,” said Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield. “We’re going to take the budget and put in place holders for healthcare, raises and capital improvements.”
Hatfield said if employee healthcare costs increase too much, it could eliminate potential dollars needed for raises.
“We’re going to look in surrounding communities and see what they’re paying for jobs; look at who’s overpaid and who’s underpaid,” Hatfield said. “We know it’s not going to be easy; we’d like to include one or two council members in our budget discussions.”
Hatfield said capital improvements are high on the list — streets, pumps at the wastewater plant, and Sunbury Town Hall needs paint and a roof.
“We want to get a financial goal set for 2013,” Hatfield added. “In the first quarter of next year we’ll work on a three-year to five-year plan.”