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Mayoral Salary Ordinance Back on Council's Agenda

But have questions over measure been addressed?

After being tabled last month by the township council, an ordinance to revise the mayor's salary is back on the council's agenda.

The ordinance was re-introduced Feb. 14 without having been included on the agenda for that meeting.

The governing body will vote on the ordinance – unchanged since its last iteration appeared before council members – after a required public hearing Feb. 28.

In what Council President John Ducey has called an ordinance that provides for "part time pay for part time work," the measure delineates two salary levels: the current $52,000 salary for a mayor who does not have full-time employment, and $15,000 for a mayor who is employed less than full or not at all.

But the definition of full-time employment has raised eyebrows, since the ordinance defines a full-time worker as a person who works 35 hours or more per week.

Some residents and council members have expressed concern that there is no way to verify whether certain people – such as those who own their own businesses or otherwise set their own hours – work 35 hours or more each week. Some have suggested a future mayor could ask for a cut in hours from his or her employer simply to collect the larger salary.

"We're going to have people following people around," said Councilman Domenick Brando, suggesting that a future mayor's political opponents might follow him or her to verify employment.

Council members made few comments about the pending ordinance at a caucus meeting Tuesday, saying only that the ordinance was taken off the table to see if certain types of public employment, perhaps rather than hours, could be used as a basis to guide the salary level.

But Ducey said Tuesday that such restrictions could dissuade those who are employed as teachers or in similar public sector positions from running for mayor.

Regardless of whether the new ordinance is approved, the current mayor will not be affected. Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis has said he will take a $1 per year salary for the remainder of his term.

The ordinance will be considered Feb. 28 at the council's regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the township .

John C February 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
the stubborn refusal to remove the two salary levels proves that this is pure pokitical grandstanding on the part of the new majority. They look like they want to preserve the $54,000 salary for when they become Mayor. It is well known that Ducey, Fozman and Moore are all considering a run for Mayor in the next election Please set one salary say at the $26,000 per year level in the post above to prove that they are honest in what they say they are trying to accomplish here.
John C February 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Brick EMS actually pays for itself - Summerfest was cut back in both number of concerts and types of acts so that the sponsorship dollars contributions and fundraising would be able to support the concert series.
John C February 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
so far all i see is increases in spending and a silly complaint about an electric bill to repair lights damaged in a storm.
John C February 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
or Fozman or Moore they all want to run.
paul b February 26, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It is suspect that the Flawed Ordinance as crafted does not provide for the elimination of wasteful spending - medical benefit entitlements, pension credits, stipends for opting out - and the obvious REDUCE the COMPENSATION to a designated fee - the Council should not demonstrate memory loss so soon after the election. One would have to give credence to John C on this one. Clearly, it will become a Campaign Liability come the next election. Time for Real Change and Independent Minded Thinkers. "The guise of change shall be worse than the arrogance of the past!"

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