FDL City Council Approves Salary Increases

The Fond du Lac City Council last night approved an increase in salaries for Council members to $5,000 a year and an increase to $6,000 a year for the Council President. First by a close 4 to 3 vote the Council approved an amendment from Council President Sam Meyer (pictured) to the original resolution that would increase the salaries next April for four seats that will be up for election. The other three seats would see increases in April of 2015 following elections for those seats. The Council then approved the resolution by a 6 to 1 vote. City Manager Joe Moore says looking at City’s of comparable size the Council salaries currently at $2,500 are on the low end of the scale. The Council hasn’t seen an increase in salary since 1997 when it was increased to $3,000 a year. In the past year the Council decreased that pay to $2,500. Moore says the council president gets invitations to a lot of community events and with preparation for council meetings should receive more than the current $300 stipend a year. The Council also approved a liquor license for the Commonwealth Coffee Company and Deli, which will be located in the Riverside Apartments that are going up at the corner of North Macy Street and Merrill Avenue.