Town of Chesterton municipal employees will receive no raises in 2013.
They will, however, get their traditional longevity bonus of $125 per year
of full-time service, under the 2013 Salary Ordinance approved at the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night.
Members voted 5-0 to approve that ordinance on first reading, 5-0 to suspend
the rules, then 5-0 to approve that ordinance on final reading. Volunteer
firefighters will receive a longevity bonus of $50 per year.
The 2013 Salary Ordinance is, practically speaking, identical to the 2012
ordinance. The salaries and stipends of elected and appointed officials
•Town Manager: $73,000.
•Police Chief: $60,250.
•Fire Chief: $54,863.
•Street Commissioner: $50,527. The Street Commissioner will also earn
$17,167 as MS4 Commissioner.
•Park Superintendent: $45,900.
•Attorney: an hourly rate of $150 for all counsel above and beyond the
retainer of $12,657. The Utility will also pay the Town Attorney a retainer
•Town Council Member: $4,835.
•Plan Commission Member: $1,320 plus $50 per special meeting when requested
by a petitioner.
•Board of Zoning Appeals Member: $1,320 plus $50 per special meeting when
requested by a petitioner.
•Park Board Member: $500.
•Utility Service Board Member: $3,033.
•MS4 Superintendent: $64,806. The MS4 Superintendent will also earn $5,202
as Town Engineer, $10,984 as Economic Development Engineer, and $16,878 as
Utility Engineer, for a total of $98,870.
•MS4 Operator: $41,616.
In other business, members voted 5-0 to write off a total of $203.70 in
uncollectable refuse balances.
Member also voted 5-0 to declare the following official municipal holidays
in 2013: New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; Presidents Day, Feb. 18; Good Friday, March
29; Memorial Day, May 27; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept. 2;
Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Nov. 28; the day after Thanksgiving,
Nov. 29; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
The Year that
Members took a moment at the end of the meeting to reflect on 2012. Emerson
DeLaney, R-5th, thanked staff and employees “for another wonderful year of
getting things done.”
Jeff Trout, R-2nd, said that employees “did a wonderful job” and noted that
“it was a little challenging with funding cutbacks but we’re working our way
“A great job to all department heads this year,” added President Nick
Walding, R-3rd. “We’re plugging along and I think we’ve got great things in
store for us.”