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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.