The South Jordan City Council declined to grant itself a pay raise Tuesday during a council work meeting.
"I don't think any of us are doing this for the money," said City Councilman Jack Peck. "But we ought to compensate for out-of-pocket money or mileage expenses for the mayor." Mayor Theron B. Hutchings said he incurred a considerable amount of expense while performing his mayoral duties.The council also decided to create a "layered approach" regarding city employee salaries and other compensation. The formula would include aspects of a cost-of-living adjustment, market adjustment and merit increases.
"They're (city employees) doing a heck of a lot and doing it very well," said City Administrator Tony Murphy. "We've therefore got to be generous." Councilman Brent D. Hofhines said he likes the layered approach.
"Although private industry is getting away from it, I think if an employee is performing above average, he should be compensated for it," he said.
The City Council also discussed problems it's been having with Salt Lake County Sewage Improvement District No. 1. Murphy said that "our relationship has been deteriorating" for the past couple of years.
"Sewer connection is very expensive," Murphy said. "There needs to be more strategic planning. The dialogue is just not there." He said it's not appropriate when the company that installs the sewer system also reviews the work, which has taken place.
"It isn't working," Murphy said. "Sewage doesn't run uphill." Murphy complained that Bill Kenworthy, the sewage district manager, now isn't returning his phone calls.