Pay rise after council votes not to fill empty role
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.