The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 1, 2013

Gaines looking at blanket raises

Medina Journal-Register — The Town of Gaines held its first meeting since the results of a preliminary audit were made public, and while the public attended the work session it was a well-mannered crowd, according to Town Supervisor Carol Culhane.

The town’s trustees went over several concerns on Tuesday, and Culhane said the main issues involved compensation for some town employees. Specifically, the town talked about compensation for seasonal employees and potential raises for the town justice and the court clerk.

Culhane said the town justice has not received a raise in four years, and the court clerk has not received one in a while, either. The justice makes $14,000 annually, while the court clerk works between 25 and 27 hours weekly for $11.12 an hour.

Culhane said the board is discussing a two percent raise across the board for all town employees - including those named in the audit - but she noted that it was too early in the budget process to know for sure whether the blanket raise will definitely happen. Last year, the town froze its budget.

With union negotiations ongoing, and the results of the audit leaving financial questions in some departments, Culhane said the town board must continue to move forward.

“We have to carry on the town business,” she said. “We have a budget timeline to follow.”

The public hearing for the town budget is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

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