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City workers to get raises

Dec. 17, 2012

City of Pewaukee - Merit raises are in the works for employees with the city, which set the rates for its nonunion employees on Dec. 3.

Springsted advisers - who work in financial and management areas for local government - began working with the City of Pewaukee about two years ago and collaborated on 2011's annual adjustments. Since then, tweaks to job descriptions have been made, new or different positions have been created and a few might have been re-evaluated.

The city worked with the advising group to develop 24 different "grades" of work that determine the pay scale. They assign those grades based on nine areas such as job skill, experience, physical working conditions, supervisory responsibilities and the like. These were determined by individual job description reviews and surveys. Seventeen other comparable communities were also examined.

"We tried to develop a performance system. Now, it's based on the individual rather than just an arbitrary raise across the board," explained Pewaukee City Administrator Tammy LaBorde.

The city clerk/treasurer, for example, will see a raise just shy of 6 percent (notably, after seven elections this year). The mayor and council members, however, will not be receiving any adjustments.

Additionally, a line item is new this year which is designated for a potential city assessor, a full-time staff position. Previously, the job had been contracted.

All employees are enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), and the city will pay the employer contribution at 6.65 percent. Employees opting to participate in the shared health insurance plan will contribute 15 percent, deducted from payroll.

Those enrolled in the wellness program will contribute 10 percent.

Union employees are still in negotiations.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: 11 a.m. Nov. 21, 26, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. first and third Saturdays and by appointment, Free www.delafieldartscenter.org.

Organ Concert: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc Music Club is hosting a concert by renowned organist Dr. Simone Gheller. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Free.

Yuletide Faire: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 21; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children under 15. Features strolling minstrels and costumed characters, puppet shows, storytelling, candle dipping, face painting, children’s craft workshops, children’s holiday shopping, live music, silent auction, children’s book sale, natural toys, 35 vendors, warm food, homemade desserts, candies, nuts and other treats. 

Fashionable Tidings Gala Luncheon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Holiday fashions of local clothiers Paul Bruce Goodman and Liebling Leather. Music by Brusubardis String Ensemble. Lunch includes shrimp scamp and angel hair pasta with vegetables provencale. Wine tasting  and auction. Benefits Waukesha Choral Union. $35. Call (414) 297-9310 for tickets. www.choralunion.org.

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