City Council to vote on their own pay increase

Corryn Brock, Arch Editor

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The Charleston City Council will vote on increasing both the salary of the mayor and salaries of the council members at its meeting Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Charleston City Hall. 

The mayor’s current salary is $10,000 a year, and council member salaries are $5,000 a year. If passed, the ordinance will increase the mayoral salary to $12,000 and council members’ salaries to $6,000 a year. 

The ordinance cites the reason for the increase as “to fairly compensate and be commensurate with other communities of similar demographics.” 

The council will also vote on an amendment to the agreement between the city and the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Lincoln Avenue resurfacing project. 

According to the resolution on the matter, the amendment has been “prepared to address the additional local share of the combination mast arms at the traffic signal controlled intersections.” 

 According to the agreement between the city and IDOT, they will work on approximately 4.3 miles of Lincoln Avenue spanning from 0.2 miles west of Douglas Drive to 0.4 miles east of Madison Street Road. 

The additional cost to the city is estimated at $16,100 and will be paid from the city’s motor fuel tax fund in the fiscal year 2020. 

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $4,105,150, which will be paid for by both the state and the city. The state is estimated to pay $3,935,150 for the project, and the city is estimated to pay $170,000. 

A vote to accept a bid from CCI Redimix of Effingham for the CDBG RLF Closeout Project will also take place during the meeting. 

Mayor Brandon Combs said the project is important to Charleston. 

“It’s a big deal because Lincoln’s horrible,” Combs said. He said after the project, the section of the road “is going to be amazing.” 

The bid is for the concrete that will be used in the project. CCI Redimix’s bid offered 2,028 cubic yards of concrete for a total of $209,898.00. 

The Mayor will also be announcing the “Trick or Treat” hours, which will be Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Following the action items, time is reserved for members of the public to address the City Council. No action will be taken on matters not listed on the agenda, and the Council is not required to take any further action or to discuss the matter further.  

The City Council asks that those who choose to address the Council speak into the microphone, limit the presentation to three minutes and avoid repetitive comments. 

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812

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