The city of Green Lake’s three department heads will receive a 3-percent raise after a spirited debate and a narrow vote at Monday’s Common Council meeting.
The vote was 3-2. Voting in favor were Alds. Diana Galster-Kinas, Mary Rowley and Robin Wallenfang. In opposition were Alds. Don Carpenter and Joe Parise.
The raises will affect Police Chief Steve Huber, City Clerk/Treasurer Barb Dugenske and Public Works Director Glen McCarty.
Parise led the charge to reject the raises for calendar year 2010. He offered words of caution, urging the city to hold the line on spending.
“If you think we’re in good [financial] shape, you need to smell the roses,” Parise said.
Parise emphasized the three department heads each received 3-percent raises in 2009, along with additional one-time bonuses of $1,500 or more that year. Additional raises in 2010 did not sit well with him.
“If you think that’s justified, you vote for it; I’m not,” Parise told his fellow aldermen Monday.
Parise’s comments were opposite to Mayor Chuck Mirr and Ald. Rowley. Mirr said the three department heads have done good work, and should be rewarded.
“I think we need to take care of the people who take care of the city,” he said.
Parise countered it’s not about whether they deserve a raise.
“They deserve it; I’m not saying they don’t,” he said, but added the economy isn’t right for such spending. “I haven’t gotten an increase in Social Security in two years.”
The council voted 3-2 in favor of the raises. Ald. Martha Janz was absent.