NJ Town Council Members to Discuss Cemetery Mowing Ad and Amended Salary Ordinance Tonight

North Judson Town Council members will discuss the cemetery mowing advertisement when they meeting tonight.

Members will also hold the second reading over an amended salary ordinance. At the final meeting in February, members held the first reading over a salary ordinance that would not include a 3 percent raise for the town council members.

At the beginning of the year, members signed off on a salary ordinance that essentially gave a 3 percent raise across the board. However, Town Attorney Justin Schramm explained that since the salary ordinance was approved in January of 2018, the members couldn’t approve a raise for themselves since it wouldn’t look good to the State Board of Accounts to approve a raise in the same year it is given.

When it came time to vote on the first reading of the ordinance, Councilman John Rowe abstained and Councilwoman Jane Ellen Felchuck was absent, resulting in an insufficient number of votes for the ordinance to pass on first reading.

Members are also scheduled to hear two public presentations. One will be from Vicki Richey regarding tree stumps in Highland Cemetery and the other presentation will come from Starke County Economic Development Foundation Interim Director Larry Wickert.

When they met last, members voted to move forward with holding a SCEDF work day later this month to discuss future development. Wickert will likely deliver some additional details about that arrangement tonight.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in North Judson Town Hall, located at 310 Lane Street.