The Rock Island City Council will vote Monday on a proposed 2 percent raise for city manager Thomas Thomas and a lump sum payment to his retirement account.
The raise was stipulated in his employment agreement when he was hired in 2011, Mayor Dennis Pauley said. Mr. Thomas's salary will increase from $140,000 to $142,800 after the raise.
The lump sum payment to Mr. Thomas's account with the International City Management Association Retirement Corporation deferred compensation program will amount to 5 percent of his salary, or $7,140.
Mayor Pauley said the lump sum payment was not in Mr. Thomas's employment agreement but has been recommended because other city department heads annually receive the payment.
Also at Monday's meeting, the council is expected to vote on a proposal to delay implementing a requirement that new single and double family homes include a sprinkler system.The requirement was to be implemented Jan. 1, 2013, but city officials now recommend the start date be delayed until Aug. 1.
Milan and Rock Island County have adopted the residential sprinkler requirement, a regulation backers say will make homes safer. Bettendorf also adopted the requirement, but aldermen there have moved to delay its implementation until August, as proposed in Rock Island.
New building codes include the residential sprinkler requirement. Developers who oppose the regulation say it will make new homes less affordable.The Quad Cities Home Builders Association is among the opponents of mandatory sprinkler requirements for residential homes.
During a study session before Monday's Rock Island City Council meeting, the sprinkler requirement is scheduled to be discussed. The study session also is scheduled to include discussion on a proposed "loitering ordinance" for The District.
The council is considering rules to keep youths younger than 21 from loitering in The District late at night because of complaints from some business owners.
Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.