On January 9, the Wykoff City Council discussed the possibility of adding additional paid time off (PTO) to employees rather than raises.
The formula approved by the council is based off of standard PTO rates; 1-5 years of employment: 10 days, 5-10 years of employment: 15 days, and 10-15 years of employment: 20 days. It’s also prorated for number of hours worked.
There was also discussion of changing the name of City Clerk Becky Schmidt’s job title to City Administrator. Much of the job description remains the same. Several details of the job description were questioned by the council.
The council concluded that Becky Schmidt does much for the city and that their job should be to lighten her workload.
“There are some things on here as a council we need to examine,” noted Mayor Ryan Breckenridge.
The council tabled the topic and it will be brought back up at the next meeting in February.
The council voted to keep sewer rates the same. “My feeling is, property taxes just went up; I don’t want to see a raise in the rates right now. I want to wait a few months and see where we’ll be sitting with the sewer,” Breckenridge said.
The council selected council member Kaleb Himle to serve as mayor pro tem and to lead meetings in the mayor’s absence.
Breckenridge said his emphasis in the new year would be to get vehicle noise laws enforced. “I don’t know the specific ordinances, but we’ll have to work with the sheriff’s office to get those enforced.” He said the noise problem is with both passenger vehicles and semis trailers.
The council also mentioned putting a reminder in the city newsletter regarding shoveling city sidewalks in a timely manner.
The council noted the donations of $500 from Hindt Funeral Home and $600 from MinnWest Bank toward the lighted LED speed sign that is planned to be installed this coming spring.
The Wykoff City Council will be meeting again on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.