2018-09-17 / News

Yale grants wage increases

Staff Writer

YALE — The Yale City Council gave out a round of raises at its last meeting on Sept. 10.

City Manager John Osborn said city council members granted the wage increases after reviewing the city’s coffers. The pay raises took effect on Sept. 1.

“Based on the fact that it’s been a couple years since there have been any changes, they took a look and found the city was better financially and able to grant some adjustments,” he said.

Police Chief Brian Mahaffy received a 2.5 percent raise to bring his fulltime annual salary to $53,200. The chief is still eligible for overtime for over 50 hours a week.

Osborn’s contract, which expires this Dec. 31, was extended through the end of 2020. He received a 1.5 percent raise on Sept. 1 to bring his wages to $65,472 annually and will merit another 1.5 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2020, for a total of $66,454.

DPW Superintendent Jerry Sauder, who has been with the city 23 years, earned a 2-percent raise.

Non-contract employees also received a raise of 3 percent including clerks Shannon Preister and Ashley Aldea; two DPW employees Greg Vore and Lee Stiles; and custodian Phil Lindal.

Osborn added that the police union contract is yet unsettled.

In other business:

• The council approved the sale of a parcel in the city’s Industrial Park to Brad Fuller for $49,140 with $5,000 down and the balance on a land contract at 5 percent for seven years. Osborn said Fuller, who owns Special Touch Builders, plans to expand his business. The lot is located directly east of Mill Creek Metal Works and has frontage on Commerce Drive.

• Council members approved the hiring of a new part-time officer, Matthew Yelle of Davison, who plans to move to the city.

• The council passed a resolution against Michigan Public Act 152, which limits the amount that public employers pay toward employee medical benefit plans.

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