RI City Council will vote on raise for city manager


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Originally Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 11:24 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 07, 2012, 11:42 pm
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By Eric Timmons etimmons@qconline.com

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.














 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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