Update: The Missouri Municipal League wage survey used by the Marshall City Council to determine a fair salary for City Administrator Connie Latimer is available here
The contract, introduced by Ward 3 Council Member Dan Brandt of the Personnel Committee, comes after an announcement that Latimer served the city without pay this past year.
Following her move last year from mayor to city administrator, some residents complained that the move was unethical. Latimer later said that the council sought legal advice before the change and everything was legitimate.
The accusation, however, was one of the reasons she chose to not accept a salary.
"I wasn't comfortable putting the city in that kind of a situation," Latimer said.
The city administrator not only rescinded a salary, but also paid her own health insurance. She was paid $750, however, as the business manager of the Marshall Municipal Band. That payment is generated from tax revenue that supports the band and is separate from the General Fund.
"I don't know if it's dedication or ignorance," she joked of working without pay, but continued, "I love this city. This city has great employees. I love them. I wouldn't have bailed on them."
The contract approved unanimously by council members Monday evening is a three-year term, beginning now and running through September 2014.
In other news, two new members were approved for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Norvelle Brown and Garry Cobb were approved during the meeting. Each will hold a four-year term to expire Nov. 1, 2014. Additionally, Eric Sappington was named the newest board member of Marshall Tourism Commission. He replaces and will finish Lorin Fahrmeier's term, then continue with a three-year term to expire June 1, 2014.
Council Member Lorna Alexander updated the council with Community Development and Code Committee reports. Twenty-seven permits were issued including four building permits, 10 electrical, six mechanical, four plumbing and three occupancy permits. Additionally, the city collected $626.50 in permit fees.
The permits, issued in January, hold a construction value of more than $58,000, and $35,000 of that total supports the remodeling of churches, assemblies or residential structures.
The city's sales tax reports reflect an increase of $17,000 over January of last year and an increase of $8,500 for the park in Jan. 2010.
Municipal Services was commended for its efforts in snow removal. Officials said within eight hours of the first snow the primary roads were plowed and secondaries were plowed within 12 hours.
"Considering the amount of snow, they did an excellent job," Latimer said.
Latimer also thanked Kyle Gibbs, general manager of Marshall Municipal Utilities. Dump trucks provided by MMU helped relocate snow from sidewalks and streets to a compost area. Roughly 5,000 tons of snow was removed from College Street between Odell and Miami Avenues.
All council members were present. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in observance of Presidents' Day.
Latimer steps down as mayor, is appointed Marshall city administrator:
Missouri Municipal League Wage Survey
|01/04/2011||MML WAGE AND SALARY SURVEY|
|CITY||CLASS||BUDGET||POP||POSITION||MIN. RATE||MAX. RATE|
|Carthage||Home Rule||$7,297,494.00||12668||City Administrator||71,467/YR||98,109/YR|
|Farmington||3rd Class||$32,000,000.00||13924||City Manager/Administrator||65,545/YR||85,053/YR|
|Fulton||Home Rule||$39,450,732.00||12128||City Administrator||80,000/YR||120,000/YR|
|Jackson||4th Class||$25,000,000.00||11947||City Manager/Administrator||66,609/YR||97,801/YR|
|Lake Saint Louis||4th Class||$10,995,418.00||14500||City Administrator||107,123/YR||116,112/YR|
|Lebanon||3rd Class||$41,414,000.00||12155||City Administrator||80,828/YR|
|Marshall||3rd Class||$8,832,098.00||12433||City Manager/Administrator||65,270/YR|
|Maryville||3rd Class||$33,654,706.00||10581||City Manager/Administrator||71,046/YR||113,577/YR|
|Mexico||3rd Class||$14,401,053.00||11320||City Manager/Administrator||80,100/YR||124,155/YR|
|Moberly||3rd Class||$22,385,067.00||13741||City Manager||74,340/YR||101,724/YR|
|Neosho||Home Rule||$12,762,223.00||10505||City Manager/Administrator||85,900/YR||105,471/YR|
|Washington||3rd Class||$19,723,730.00||14356||City Administrator||88,661/YR||115,682/YR|
|West Plains||3rd Class Comm||$33,533,939.00||10866||City Administrator *||60,000/YR||100,000/YR|