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2/6/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Supervisors approve pay increase for township officials

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Township trustees and clerks will receive a pay increase July 1 as part of an effort to improve recruitment for the positions.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors Monday, Jan. 28, approved a resolution increasing compensation for township clerks and trustees to $20 per meeting, with an additional $10 per month for township clerks.

The county currently pays township officials minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

County auditor Eric Van Lancker last fall proposed a ballot measure that would have altered the method of selecting township officials from direct election to appointment by the board of supervisors.

Van Lancker said it's difficult to recruit candidates for the township positions. Often, there are no names on the ballot, resulting in a write-in election or forcing current trustees to appoint a representative if no one is elected.

He said Monday the new pay scale was developed after surveying and evaluating the compensation of township officials in 11 other counties.

Township trustees and clerks are elected every two years. Trustees are responsible for providing fire protection and emergency medical services, maintaining cemeteries and resolving fence disputes. Clerks are responsible for preparing the township budget and tax levies and filing paperwork with the county auditor.

There are 30 townships in Clinton County, and each township has five trustees and a clerk.

The pay increase for township officials is estimated to cost the county an additional $1,245 per year, according to Van Lancker.

Other business

•Approved the second reading of the proposed social host ordinance.

•Held a public hearing on repairs in Drainage District 28 and approved a resolution accepting the project as complete and releasing the balance of funds due to the contractor after 30 days.

•Approved the appointment of Fern Todtz as a temporary, part-time employee in the board of supervisors office at an hourly rate of $12.46.

Chairman Staszewski said Todtz will work on an as-needed basis.

•Approved a medical examiner investigator contract and training agreement with Rod Livesay.

•Approved a business license for Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 3942 291st St., Camanche.

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