Hanover approves fire pay increases, declines council increase

The Hanover City Council considered compensation adjustments for the fire department and elected officials.



The fire department made a couple compensation recommendations.

The volunteer firefighters are currently paid $6 per call, which was the same for 10 years. The department wishes to increase that amount to $8 per call.

Another request was to increase fire officer (for example, chief, assistant chief) pay by 25%, from, for example, $600 per year to $800 per year, in addition to per calls. Staff noted that, in dollar amounts, this would amount to a few hundred dollars more per year.

The department also requested an increase in the pension fund from $31,50 per year to $4,500 per year.

The per call and officer yearly increases were recommended by the council to be included in the 2013 budget. The budget impact is anticipated at about $6,000. The pension increase was tabled.

The council then considered compensation for appointed and elected officials, such as on the city council, park board and planning commission.

The city looked at the League of Minnesota salary survey comparing what Hanover compensates to other similar sized cities. Hanover’s council compensation of $1,650 per year for the mayor is less than half of the comparable compensation of $3,600 per year. The council’s pay of $12,50 per year is also less than half of the comparable compensation of $2,700 per year.

But the council ultimately chose to keep compensation the same. It did approve slight increases to the fee for attending conferences.



In other news, the council heard that bids would open Aug. 30 for the Wright County Rds. 19/34 traffic light.

The city should be in position to award the project Sept. 4. The project’s cost would be split 50/50 with Wright County. The city’s share is expected to be about $125,000.

The city has capital improvement funds that will finance the project.

The project is expected to be completed in October.

In other action, the council:

HEARD a request from Mayor Martin Waters to consider changing the mayor’s term from four years to two years, as is common with many other area cities. The deadline to change the term had passed for this year, but Waters asked the council to consider changing it for the 2016 election.

-Compiled by Aaron Brom