2011-05-14 / News

BPW, City To Meet; Staff Raises on Hold

The Mackinac Island Board of Public Works (BPW) says more time is needed before meeting jointly with the city council and a 1.6% pay increase for employees, included in the department’s 2011/2012 budget, is on hold until the meeting takes place, said board chair Tom Lewand in a letter presented to Mackinac Island City Council Wednesday, April 6, and read by Mayor Margaret Doud.

“Within the next 60 days the BPW expects to review final recommendations from our consulting engineer concerning the wastewater plant improvements project,” he said in his Tuesday, April 5 letter. “We will then request a joint meeting with city council to discuss and make any necessary adjustments to our 2012 fiscal year budget.”

The proposed raises, an ongoing millage, and a lack of a joint meeting drew criticism by council in March and sparked a request by the city to meet with the board.

The last time to the city and BPW jointly met was in May 2010, when the broad discussed its approximate $4 million wastewater plant renovation and planned 19.2% increases in sewer rates by May 2014.

In a related matter, Alderman Sam Barnwell said there was some confusion on whether council had approved raises for the Department of Public Works during its Wednesday, March 23 meeting. Mayor Doud replied that the department’s budget, which included employee raises, had been placed on file for further discussion by council.

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