Council Reduces Salaries

For the first time in about a decade, the Naperville city council members have adjusted the salaries of future council members.

At their latest meeting, the group voted 8-1 to reduce the annual council compensation by $200, with Councilman Grant Wehrli alone voting no, because he felt the cut wasn’t deep enough.

“I think we’ve missed a wonderful opportunity to have a full and open and transparent discussion about what the role and compensation of a councilman is,” said Wehrli.

The $200 cut is a result of the elimination of the typical $1,200 stipend for cell phone and Internet. Instead each member’s base salary will increase by $1,000 per year and will still be adjusted annually by either the consumer price index or three-percent, whichever is less.

Future council members will also be offered city health insurance coverage and be permitted to take part in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

The changes will take effect in May of 2015.

Also at the meeting, the city honored a group of men and women who came to the rescue of a fellow runner during the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon.

A reservist, nurses, and a park district police officer saved Geneva runner Steve Sloma when he went into cardiac arrest on the course.

“It’s one thing to know how to do all the things they know how to do, but it’s another to just step up and do it,” said Sloma. “It saved my life, and I’m forever grateful to them.”

Council also had first readings of ordinances on both medical marijuana facilities and mixed martial arts events. Both are available to view on the city’s website at Naperville.il.us and will up for a vote at the December 17 meeting.

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