After a lot of debate, at their Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Monday June 20, Council accepted the HR consultant’s report that said their pay was comparable to that paid in similar municipalities. She recommended no increase. However, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin was concerned that two councillors (Aaron Burchat and Mayor John Henderson) were getting significant additional pay ($6,824 in 2021) because they served on the Police Board whereas other councillors served on committees for no additional pay. She noted that this extra pay was not mandated by the Province. She therefore moved to stop this practice. Her motion set the salaries at the current level including an adjustment for CPI. Her motion (see below) also specified that CPI adjustments continue and that future Councils review remuneration in their third year.
Apart from the removal of extra Police Board compensation, Suzanne’s motion implemented the Consultant’s recommendation. Her motion passed – it was not a recorded vote and the screen to see the votes was small – but I saw Aaron Burchat vote against and I think Nicole Beatty was also against (or abstained). Emily Chorley was absent. Suzanne Séguin, Mayor Henderson, Brian Darling and Adam Bureau were in favour. It will need ratification at next week’s regular Council meeting.
THAT Council receive the presentation from Marianne Love, Compensation Specialist for information purposes; and
FURTHER THAT Council implement the conclusions of the Consultant’s review of Cobourg Municipal Council Remuneration with one addition:
That effective November 15, 2022 to be equitable to all Council members who sit on many Cobourg committees and boards with no additional remuneration, Council members sitting on the Cobourg Police Services Board shall no longer receive additional remuneration; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Bylaw No. 037-2018 which amended the Council Remuneration By-Law for the 2018-2022 Council Term be amended to reflect the following:
THAT Council set the base pay for members of Council effective July 1, 2022 as follows:
- That the position of Mayor be set a $45,412 plus benefits;
- That the position of Deputy Mayor be set at $31,082 plus benefits; and
- That the position of Councillor be set at $25,963 plus benefits.
FURTHER THAT compensation adjustments for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Members of Council continue to be maintained with annual CPI adjustments as a yearly increase to Council Remuneration effective July 1st each year as stated in the current provision of the Council Remuneration Bylaw; and a formal review of Council remuneration takes place in the third year of the next term of Council by a method of Council’s choosing to take effect for the next incoming Council Term.
With no significant increase and a reduction for two, I wonder what affect that will have on who runs for Council. I’d guess that some potential councillors were waiting for this decision before making a decision.
Update 28 June
When this issue came up for ratification at the Regular Council meeting on 27 June, Councillor Emily Chorley, who had been absent from the CoW meeting, expressed dismay and disappointment that the consultant had recommended no change and that she had based it on comparisons instead of workload and responsibilities. Emily said that it was not a living wage and not even minimum wage. However the motion passed with Emily and Nicole Beatty voting against.
On Cobourg Internet web site
Earlier Reports on Cobourg News Blog
- Councillor Salaries on Agenda – Again – 11 June 2022
- Council Salaries debated – 8 March 2022 – includes record of motion to hire an expert.
- Councillor Salaries back on the Agenda – 28 February 2022 – includes record of 3 earlier votes.
- Download Consultant’s report and recommendation