Pay rise af­ter coun­cil votes not to fill empty role

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

For the third time in 12 months pay pack­ets for South Waikato dis­trict coun­cil­lors have been in­creased.

Dur­ing last Thurs­day’s coun­cil meet­ing coun­cil­lors dis­cussed whether to ap­point an­other in­di­vid­ual or to con­tinue to op­er­ate one coun­cil­lor short fol­low­ing the death of coun­cil­lor War­ren Lee.

Dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tion it was moved that no ap­point­ment be made to the fill the va­cancy.

The pro­posed pay in­creases will see the deputy mayor po­si­tion held by Jenny Shat­tock re­ceiv­ing $ 32,405, while cor­po­rate and en­vi­ron­ment, com­mu­nity and as­sets and hear­ings com­mit­tees chair­man Her­man van Rooi­jen’s salary will rise to $30,743 and grants com­mit­tee chair­woman, coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins’ to $26,170.

Mean­while, all other elected mem­bers’ will pocket $ 23,154, com­mu­nity board chair­men will re­ceive $4224, while com­mu­nity board mem­bers’ salary will in­crease to $2113.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair also moved to ap­point coun­cil­lor Adri­enne Bell to the chief ex­ec­u­tive re­la­tion­ship com­mit­tee.

‘‘That pol­icy has been on the chief ex­ec­u­tive re­la­tion­ship com­mit­tee that has been the mayor, deputy mayor and a first-time coun­cil­lor . . . The term is get­ting near to the end but it is im­por­tant, that we ap­point Coun­cil­lor [Adri­enne] Bell as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the chief ex­ec­u­tive re­la­tion­ship com­mit­tee.’’

Mr Sin­clair also moved that coun­cil does not ap­point a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board, which was sec­onded by coun­cil­lor Alan Blair.

‘‘That the rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the South Waikato Arts Trust and can I sug­gest that also that be­comes Tourism Waikato as well be­cause Coun­cil­lor Lee sat on the Tourism com­mit­tee and I will move that Coun­cil­lor Bell be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Arts Trust and Tourism Waikato,’’ he said last Thurs­day.

This mat­ter also arose when Cr Bar­rie Her­lihy died in Oc­to­ber last year, his salary was di­vided be­tween all the coun­cil­lors.

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