No shows at City Hall won't get paid
September 12. 2013 12:03PM
Elected and appointed officials in Dell Rapids will no longer be paid for meetings they don’t attend.
At the request of the Dell Rapids City Council, alderman and planning and zoning commissioners, who up until now were paid monthly with no attendance strings attached, won’t get paid if they’re not present at regularly scheduled meetings.
Planning and zoning commissioners earn $66 a month, and typically meet once per month. Councilors receive $200 a month, or $100 per meeting.
“I would like to see a change to where if they’re not at the meeting, they don’t get paid – the council, too,” said councilor Lee Burggraff.
Finance officer LeAnne Kerzman said although business or personal issues might prevent someone from attending a meeting, they might still be performing their civic duties throughout the rest of the week.
“If you have a councilor that travels a lot but takes … phone calls every night, does that person still deserve to be paid?” she asked.
Councilor Mark Crisp said that’s neither here nor there.
“If you don’t show up, you don’t get paid,” he said. “The phone calls, that’s a part of the job. But if you don’t attend the meeting, that’s where the decisions are made.”
The council also directed City administration to review the feasibility of reducing the planning and zoning board from seven to five members.
“They have a hard time getting a quorum because people don’t show up,” Burggraff said.