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Wendy Reuer, Published September 02 2013

Dilworth City Council approves pay raises

DILWORTH – City Council members here will receive $100 more per month starting Jan. 1.

The council approved a pay raise from $4,800 per year to $6,000 per year late last month after Councilman Rick Cariveau proposed the bump.

The mayor’s salary will increase from $7,200 to $8,400 per year.

Councilwoman Julie Nash said she approved the increase because it has been a long time since the council raised its salary.

The last time the council voted to increase members’ pay was in 2005. It became effective Jan. 1, 2006, city Administrator Ken Parke said.

Nash said the increase seemed appropriate at this time. She said the city’s budget, which includes an expected increase in local government aid from the state, has enough funds to take care of the raise.

The council will vote on its preliminary 2014 budget Sept. 9.

The pay raise was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Chad Olson and Councilman Ryan Mullikan voting against.

Cariveau, Nash and Jim Aasness approved the raise.

Olson said that although the hourly rate of his and council members’ salaries is still a small amount, he did not feel comfortable voting for an increase.

“I’m interested in serving the city the best way I can. That is what is rewarding for me,” Olson said.

Olson, Mullikan and Aasness are up for re-election in November.

Council members and the mayor serve four-year terms.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530