6pm meeting on October 30th has been set for the Legislative Matters Committee to host a meeting of the whole for members to discuss changing an ordinance that will ultimately result in a possible salary increase for elected officials.
Since August, a salary compensation study has been dissected by the Board of Aldermen through meetings of the whole hosted by the committee on Legislative Matters. During these meetings, the pay rates for similar positions in comparable municipalities were researched, showing that Somerville was considerably lower than most. The phrase coined throughout the process was, "Somerville is great at training not retaining," highlighting the large turn-over percentage of City Hall employees who move on to other cities for bigger salaries.
The portion of the Ordinance pertaining to non-union wages was approved at the October 25th meeting of the Board of Aldermen in a packed Aldermanic Chambers of City employees including Mayor Joe Curtatone. At Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor's request, the decision on elected officials' salary would not be made that night and was sent back to committee for further discussion.
Video of October 25th Meeting.
The only item on the agenda for that evening is the Mayor Requesting the amendment of Ordinance 2-323 pursuant to the Municipal Compensation Advisory Board recommendations, with respect to Elected City Officials only.