Editor's Notebook: April 25 Council Meeting
The council approved the 2013 salary guide, amended borough fees and an ordinance to provide for he defense and indemnification of borough employees, volunteers and officers at the April 25 meeting of the Mayor and Council.
The 2013 salary guide (Ordinance 04-13) establishes salary ranges for borough officers and employees. The revised guide includes increases to the upper levels of the ranges for 10 positions. Six salary ranges were increased by $1,000 or less, while four positions had larger increases. The upper level of the range for the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer increased from $45,000 to $52,000. The upper levels for Tax Collector went from $30,000 to $56,000. The DPW Working Foreman/Mechanic/Superintendent upper level increased from $91,920 to $95,000. And the upper level of the salary range for Custodian/Building Maintenance Worker increased from $43,000 to $46,500.
The accompanying resolution to set the 2013 salaries, which was on the agenda, was tabled pending further review.
The council also approved an ordinance to amend the borough code regarding fees and charges, based on recommendations of the building department. Ordinance 06-13 increases fees for fence permits from $25 to $30 and also adds construction permit fees for miscellaneous structures, including $40 for sheds and driveways, and $25 for temporary signs.
In addition the borough is adding fees for PODS (Portable On Demand Storage Units) with an initial fee of $40 and an additional fee of $25 for the first 15 day renewal and $25 for the second 15 day renewal.
The third ordinance approved at the meeting (number 05-13) provides for the defense and indemnification of borough employees, volunteers and officers against lawsuits incurred during their official course of business. Officials noted it would be determined on a case-by-case basis, but would ensure volunteers are covered by the borough's liability insurance and also not have to defend themselves. The ordinance falls under the authority granted by the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, NJSA 59:10-4.
The borough will be participating in National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2 with a service at the Firehouse at 12 noon.
The Board of Health will be holding its annual Rabies Clinic on Monday, May 13 at Borough Hall. Dogs will be seen from 6:30 to 7:30pm and cats will be seen from 7:30 to 8pm. Pet owners can also renew or apply for pet licenses at that time.
Replays of the meeting are available on the Midland Park Press Livestream Channel.