Parks Commission seeks pay increase, OKs paint bid

Commissioners ask for 3 percent hike in per diem.
Old Township Hall, 6280 142nd Ave., on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023.

Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission members are hoping to get a pay hike, voting unanimously on Jan. 17, 2024, to recommend a cost-of-living increase be added to their checks.

The request goes to the township board which has the final say on the proposal.

Members of the Parks Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Graafschap Fire Department Board receive $85 per meeting. The chairperson of each group receives $100. The township board set those rates on March 10, 2021.

Before 2021, members of those boards and commissions received $65 per meeting and the chairperson received $75 per meeting.

Township Manager Al Meshkin said the township board will want to apply any increase equally to all boards and commissions.

The parks commission meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road.

The request for an increase comes a week after the township board approved 3 percent raises for its own members. The township board is paid an annual salary while the other boards and commissions are paid by the meeting.

The salaries for the two township board trustees were increased from $5,000 to $5,150 a year for each.

The salary for the treasurer and supervisor were increased from $16,500 to $16,995 a year for each.

The clerk’s salary increased from $16,500 to $16,995 plus $10,000 for a total of $26,995. The increase for the clerk is due to the added election duties with early voting that begins next month for the Feb. 27 Presidential Primary.

Other business

In other business, the parks commission:

  • Chose Brad Laninga as chairperson; Karen Simmons as vice chairperson; and Anne Brand as treasurer.
  • Approved the fiscal year 2024-2025 budget with the request for a pay increase included. The recommendation now goes to the township board for approval.
  • Accepted a bid from Vork Brothers Painting LLC for $7,900 to paint and caulk the Old Township Hall, 6280 142nd Ave. The recommendation now goes to the township board for approval of funding.
  • Continued work on its Master Plan. The commission will continue discussion on the plan at its February meeting then prepare legal notification, a public hearing and submission to the township board for approval. The process could take several months.