SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees has approved 2 percent raises for its administrative staff.
The raises will be retroactive to June of this year. Village Manager John Sweeney told the board Monday that money for the pay increases was included in the 2012-13 budget.
The village administrative staff who will get the increases are Clerk Kareen Tyler, Treasurer Paul Ellis, Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, Code Enforcement Officer Tom Worthington, Sewer Plant Operator Kevin Pratt, Court Clerk Brenda LaPierre, Attorney Charles Noth and Judge Ken McLaughlin.
The village also gave 2 percent raises this year to village employees who are members of Service Employees International Union Local 100, as per a contract agreement the union signed with the village in July of last year.
The village is still negotiating a new contract with the Saranac Lake Police Benevolent Association, which represents sergeants and officers in the Saranac Lake Police Department. The union's contract expired at the end of May.
"We are in mediation," Sweeney said. "We've had one meeting with the mediator. There is another meeting to be set up. That's where we are with it."
Sweeney said pay increases and employee benefits, including health insurance, are some of the big sticking points in the police contract negotiations.
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