Council to approve pay hikes?

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Deep River council will have a chance tonight to decide how they will tackle the issue of council pay.

On the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting is an updated report by staff and a new draft bylaw.

Council last discussed the issue near the end of January.

A public meeting was held February 15 to receive comments from local ratepayers but no discussion was held among council members.

Larry Dumoulin, one of the speakers at the February 15 meeting, will also appear at council tonight as a deputation.

“I am hopeful council will consider and approve the establishment of a task force comprised primarily of members of the public for the purpose of reviewing and recommending a new pay structure for members of council and local boards,” Dumoulin said in his deputation request.

The new draft bylaw would set the mayor’s salary at a rate of $33,440, an increase of 30 per cent from the 2023 figure of $25,677.

Pay rates for the reeve and councillors would be set as a percentage of the mayor’s salary – 66 per cent for the reeve and 50 per cent for councillor…

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