2018-07-05 / Community

Bad Axe approves wage increase for city employees

By Ben Muir

BAD AXE - The Bad Axe city council, at a meeting on Monday, approved a two percent wage increase to all government employees.

The wage increase prompted a few council members to briefly discuss a possible incentive-based wage program instead of the automatic annual raise.

Incentive-based could be implemented in different ways, but it focuses on deciding whether to increase wage based on merit and employee evaluations.

Dale VanDeVusse, the Bad Axe city manager, is in favor of this approach, as well as Councilwoman Tammy Deboer.

“If you don’t have a merit, incentive to be on top of your game (…),” Deboer said. “There are going to be times when you’ve got a really great person that’s excelling and somebody who’s not.”

The council also decided to hire Emily Pantera Consulting to be the grant administrator for the $1.63 million ICE Grant Project. The city is contacting Pantera for $13,500, which is about double the cost of the last administrator of the same project, a cost that’s necessary if the city wants to land this grant, VanDeVusse later said.

“It is a little bit more expensive than the first one was,” VanDeVusse said. “This person lives quite a bit further away and requires more travel time and other expenses,” adding that the grant money will cover half of the $13,500.

The council took action on three additional items.

The city bills for June were approved at $84,784.

The council approved city-wide garage sales during the Huron Community Fair, starting Thursday, Aug. 2.

The council approved the Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund Official Ballot for 2018.

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