It was a quick 30-minute meeting of the Taylorville City Council Monday night.
A lot of regular business was transacted and bills were paid, but motions to approve an increase in salary for Street and Sewer Superintendent Mike Mann to 121-percent of Working Foreman, and a motion to increase the salary of the city's Health and Building Officer Andy Goodall to 115-percent of Working Foreman to include compensation for being Airport Manager, were contentious.
Alderman Steve Dorchinez, citing city code which says all salaries must be approved by the City Council's Personnel Committee, asked that the pay raise motion for Mann be tabled. That motion failed 4 to 3, then aldermen passed the motion to allow the pay raise 4 to 3. Aldermen Megan Bryant, Steve Dorchinez, and Jim Olive, voted against the pay raise.
A motion was then made to table the Goodall HBO pay raise, and it passed 4 to 3 with aldermen Olive, Dorchinez, Bryant, and Chris Skultety voting yes.
Bryant told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that the Airport Manager should be a separate position, not consolidated with the HBO position.
The Taylorville Council Monday night approved 2 more liquor and gaming licenses, with aldermen Dorchinez and Skultety both voting no; and they voted 6 to allow a one-time transfer of lake lots being subleased with a one-time 250-dollar transfer fee and a new 300-dollar security deposit.
At the start of the meeting, Mayor Bruce Barry (right) honored Taylorville High School senior runner Chris Cherry (left) for winning 2nd in the 3200 meter run in the I-H-S-A Class 2-A State Championship recently. Cherry will attend the University of Illinois in Springfield this fall.
Mayor Barry had a special cake made in Cherry's honor which his family and those attending the Council meeting, enjoyed after the meeting.
Alderwoman Kathy Driskell was absent from Monday night's meeting.