Oak Creek billing clerk Vivian Johnson works Wednesday afternoon in Oak Creek Town Hall. The Oak Creek Town Board will meet tonight to consider whether to give $8,800 in raises to Johnson and Town Clerk Karen Halterman.

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Oak Creek billing clerk Vivian Johnson works Wednesday afternoon in Oak Creek Town Hall. The Oak Creek Town Board will meet tonight to consider whether to give $8,800 in raises to Johnson and Town Clerk Karen Halterman.

Oak Creek staff seek pay increase

Administrative staff requesting $8,800 in salary increases

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Oak Creek billing clerk Vivian Johnson works Wednesday afternoon in Oak Creek Town Hall. The Oak Creek Town Board will meet tonight to consider whether to give $8,800 in raises to Johnson and Town Clerk Karen Halterman.

Oak Creek Town Board meeting

7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 Agenda: 1. Scheduled speakers and presentation - Mike Yurich about centennial celebration for February 2. General business: A. National Parks Service Trails Technical Assistance Grant B. Salary matters C. Health insurance matters D. Bond attorney for Wastewater Treatment Plant Project E. Resolution to borrow F. Hands on Housing legal matters G. Discussion of designated monies for street sweeper, 100th birthday and grader replacement H. Appointment to South Routt Community Center board I. Write off bad debt J. Comprehensive plan update/scheduling of work session K. Staff reports L. Items of concern

— Oak Creek's depleted administrative staff is requesting $8,800 in salary raises to compensate for increased duties and workload.

The raises - which would total about $8,800 - for town clerk Karen Halterman and billing clerk Vivian Johnson will be addressed by the Town Board during its meeting at 7 p.m. today.

Halterman suggested the raises because she and Johnson now handle all of the town's matters, including administering grants, a duty formerly undertaken by ex-mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman.

"I determined that (the raise) would be one-sixth of the salaries that were being paid," Halterman said about comparing the proposed pay increases to what the town has paid for full staffing. "We literally have 2 1/2 (people) left in this department that had five."

Part-time treasurer Sandy Jac-obs is the other town employee.

Halterman presented the Town Board with letters requesting the raise during a budget work session Friday.

During that meeting, Halter-man urged the board to consider the proposal by taking into consideration staff's heavy workload.

"We took a huge cut in staffing," she said. "(The raise of) $8,800 a year is pretty minimal considering what the town is no longer paying in salaries or benefits."

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Camo181 7 years, 2 months ago

Giving these two employees a raise is long overdue. Years ago Town Hall and the police department were fully staffed, and there was a qualified Town manager. What happened? How can the Town Board refuse this request in light of long-term savings by not adding other employees (a drop in the bucket compared to the $24K the former mayor/grant writer was making)? Why is there a chief of police making a salary of $50K+ (including benefits) when there's no one to be chief over? Seems like the Board should address this issue also.

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Scott Wedel 7 years, 2 months ago

So you are suggesting that the Town's administrators deserve a pay raise because Town Hall is not fully staffed and the Chief of Police get a pay cut because the police dept is not fully staffed???

The trouble with giving the administrators a pay raise due to short staffing is then presumably their pay would be reduced if another administrator were to be hired sometime in the future.

The pay raise justification given in the article is not a sound logical argument. There is more work to do now that there are fewer people which is an argument for paying overtime or hiring more people. An increase in salary is deserved when the employee has improved their skills to be able to do more work per hour (productivity increase). Thus, the argument given suggests being paid for overtime until another employee can be hired, but not a salary increase.

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Camo181 7 years, 2 months ago

Better look into the costs of hiring another employee, Mr. Wedel. Have you been to Town Hall and observed how much more efficiently the administrative staff is running things? You don't see them chit chatting, reading the paper--not that there's anything wrong with that, but with the extra workloads they keep it to the grindstone. Plus, $4,400 for dealing with the grant administration is $20K less than with the former grantwriter. No, not suggesting police chief get a pay cut; just suggesting Board consider other avenues --perhaps 2 part time police persons, perhaps work on getting reserve officers in, etc., like Chief Birch did in Hayden. Relax Mr. Wedel, these are merely suggestions. But, you probably know better than most what needs to be done.

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whyquestion 7 years, 2 months ago

why is mr wedel so interested in oak creek politics when he lives in steamboat???? why doesn't he clean up the mess behind the curry ,on nancy crawfored blvd that he manages????? is that too much work to help keep oak creek clean?????

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vic 7 years, 2 months ago

If there are 2 1/2 employees, why are they seeking a raise (due to heavier workload) for just 2 of the employees? What about the 1/2?

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