June 30, 2016

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Medina council to vote on raises for mayor, finance director

MEDINA — City Council is expected to vote tonight on proposed raises for the mayor and the finance director.

Two weeks ago, the Council’s finance committee, which is made up of all seven Council members, agreed to boost the salary of the mayor and finance director.

The proposal calls for the mayor’s salary to be raised from of $73,820.50 to $80,000 and the finance director’s salary to be raised from $82,341.22 to $85,000 by 2017.

The raises will go into effect in stages over the next four years.

Over the last four years, Mayor Dennis Hanwell received a 4.5 percent each year and finance director Keith Dirham received a 3 percent raise each year.

The salaries must be set before the Aug. 7 candidate filing deadline for offices up for election in November.

Council previously decided not to raise their own salaries, instead keeping them at $6,000 a year for Council members and $9,000 a year for the Council president.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 132 North Elmwood Ave. The meeting will be preceded by a 5:45 p.m. finance committee meeting.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.