Raises for borough officials, employees OK’d

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NAUGATUCK — The Joint Boards of Mayor and Burgesses and Board of Finance Monday night approved raises for 17 non-union employees and elected officials.

The mayor, town clerk and the tax collector positions received raises that will take effect after the November election.

The mayor’s salary will increase 2 percent in each of the next two fiscal years, eventually rising to $88,052 at the start of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

In an interview prior to the meeting, Controller Robert Butler said the borough decided to increase the mayor’s salary because there are positions that report to the mayor that make a higher salary. He added the borough also wanted to make the salary closer to the salaries of chief elected officials in municipalities of similar size and demographics as Naugatuck.

The tax collector’s salary will increase by $2,258, or 3.9 percent, to $60,000. The town clerk’s salary will increase $2,485, or 4.24 percent, to $61,000.

The board approved two percent raises for Butler, Mayoral Aide Edward Carter, part-time electrical inspector Daniel Michalak, Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Roland, Borough Engineer Wayne Zirolli, and Naugatuck Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman. Some of the raises are retroactive dating back to July 1, 2016.

Four part-time per diem assistant animal control officers received a salary increase of $858, or 10.66 percent, that is retroactive to Jan. 1.

The board also approved raises for part-time recycle center crew leader Anthony Orsini, part-time recycle center site worker Michael Stoffan, part-time town hall custodian John Roden, and senior center worker Carole Mancini that are retroactive to Jan. 1 because the state increased the minimum wage. The state’s minimum wage increased on Jan. 1 from $9.60 per hour to $10.10 per hour.

The raises total about $19,900 in the coming fiscal year.