SILVER LAKE — The village’s full-time and part-time employees will receive a 1.6% cost-of-living pay raise in the new year.

Village Council voted 6-0 in favor of the compensation hikes by approving a revised salary schedule on Monday night. Council member Therese Dunphy (District B) was absent. The pay raises take effect Jan. 1.

The village currently has 19 full-time employees and eight part-time workers, according to Clerk-Treasurer Sean Housley. He added the mayoral position and council members are not receiving a pay increase. 

Housley said granting the employees the raises will cost the village an additional $19,000 in 2020.

Mayor Bernie Hovey said the increased level of compensation matches the cost-of-living increase for Social Security benefits. The mayor said council also set up a new pay scale for the assistant service director, which he noted was a "position that I did not adequately address in previous salary ordinances."

That revised pay scale meant that current assistant service director Ben Gregory received a 7.2 percent pay hike, which increased his salary from $57,707 to $61,859, according to Housley.

Some additional benefits were provided to permanent part-time employees. Hovey said those workers will be able to earn a maximum of 20 hours per year of sick leave and a maximum of 20 hours annually of vacation pay, and receive six paid holidays. The amount of sick leave and vacation pay will be calculated based on the number of hours the employees work in a year, according to Hovey. The mayor added these are all new benefits for the permanent part-time workers.

Village employees last received cost-of-living pay increase in October 2016. Last year, council approved revisions to the pay grade schedule which gave raises of anywhere from $400 to $4,000 to all full-time employees.

Council on Monday also approved increasing Village Solicitor Robert Heydorn’s salary from $35,000 to $35,560 starting Jan. 1, 2020. Heydorn has served as solicitor since 1996.

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