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Lisbon Town Council approves tentative raises for town employees and elected officials

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LISBON - As the Lisbon Town Council prepares to go into budget negotiations councilors voted Thursday on a preliminary list of raises for employees and elected officials.

The list is for planning purposes only and could be changed before the budget is finalized in November.

No member of the town council will see an increase in their $2,400 stipend this year and Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong will not get a raise above his $12,700 allotment.

But other town officials and employees will receive a two percent raise according to the preliminary votes.

Town Councilors sparred at Thursday’s meeting over whether or not town employees should receive raises this year and how much they should be.

Councilor Alan D. Dailey said employees, especially those who have not had raises in the last several years, should get three percent raises.

“The criteria we’ve used for the last three years is to save the town money,” Mr. Dailey said. “But why should we look at these people who have done a good job for the last three years and say we’re not going to give you a raise because we want to look good for the town?”

Councilor Susan M. Duffy said she wants to see a breakdown of what town officials and employees do and why they are compensated the way they are.

Town Justices Patricia Fletcher and Philip Fonda will each make $10,926. Mr. Dailey and Councilor Nathanael Putney voted in favor of giving the town justices a three percent raise. Supervisor James W. Armstrong and Councilors Gary J. Jarvis and Ms. Duffy voted for the two percent raise.

Court Clerk Nicole Barr will make $11,557 and in her role as bookkeeper will see her salary rise to $23,052. Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Putney and Mr. Jarvis voted in favor of the two percent raise. Mr. Dailey opposed the raise, saying the town is “underpaying,” and Ms. Duffy opposed the raise for being too high.

Town Clerk Donna D. McBath will have her salary rise to $32,186. Mr. Dailey was opposed to giving Mrs. McBath a two percent raise “because I think it should be more.”

Highway Superintendent Timothy Dow will make $52,318. Ms. Duffy opposed the raise.

Assessor Stephen Teele did not request a raise this year but the town council increased his salary two percent as well to $29,024. Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Putney, Mr. Dailey and Mr. Jarvis voted in favor of the raise and Ms. Duffy opposed it.

“I can’t give a raise when someone is not asking for it,” Ms. Duffy said.

Code Enforcement Officer Christopher J. Sherwin will see his salary increase to $24,975. All town councilors voted in favor of his raise. Town Historian Nancy J. Lafaver will make $1,485. All councilors voted in favor of her raise.

Attorney Charles Nash will make $6,630. All councilors voted in favor of the raise.

Dog Control Officer Sue Siedlecki will make $5,610. There was no opposition to her raise.

Sewer Superintendent Doug Smith will make $14,560 and in his role as water purification supervisor he will make $10,057. Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Putney, Mr. Dailey and Mr. Jarvis voted in favor of a raise for Mr. Smith but Ms. Duffy abstained.

“I don’t know what he does,” Ms. Duffy said, explaining her abstention.

Public Works Director Scott Skiff will make $24,092. All councilors voted in favor of the raise.

The town council tabled discussion about the salary of youth program coordinator Tori Lampetto, who makes $5,000, and Lisbon Beach and Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil.

Mr. O’Neil had put in a request for a 52 percent raise. He currently makes $13,000.

“We should look at the campground director salary when we look at restructuring the campground,” Ms. Duffy said.

The preliminary budget will be available for public viewing on Oct. 5.

“If our budget is out of wack we can go back and put everyone back to where they were,” Mr. Jarvis said, emphasizing that all of the salary increases voted on by the town council on Thursday are preliminary.

The final budget is due in November.

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