The entire Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners voted YES FOR the first approval of Pay Increase Ordinance Number 3036-19 on September 10, 2019. BUT every Pay Increase Ordinance requires the passing of two approval votes (at two different Board meetings) to become effective.
At the next Board of Commissioners meeting, on October 9, 2019, a 2nd vote must be taken and approved again to put Pay Increase Ordinance 3036-19 into effect.
And that’s where things get very questionable.
Can the Board of Commissioners legally have a 2nd FINAL vote to approve Pay Increase Ordinance 3036-19? 13 different positions’ pay increases within that ordinance, approved the 1st time on September 10, were changed on the October 9 agenda to give BIGGER INCREASES, totaling $76,417 more annually, in the same Pay Increase Ordinance 3036-19. This looks like a bait and switch, with much bigger raises (ranging from 11% up to 23% more a year) given for a select group of 13 being slipped in.
The first documents below are the exact pay increases (the 13 in question highlighted in yellow) approved on September 10 by all five Lyndhurst Commissioners (Giangeruso, DiMaggio, Haggerty, Jarvis and Montillo), who unanimously passed this as the FIRST APPROVAL of Ordinance Number 3036-19:
The second set of documents, below here, shows the same 13 select positions (now highlighted in green) whose pay increases were changed to nearly 4x more annually over the amounts 1st approved on September 10. See the pay increases on the agenda for FINAL approval with a 2nd vote on October 9, 2019:
If every pay increase requires two votes of approval at two separate Board of Commissioners meetings to go into effect, how can they change numbers between votes and give FINAL approvals the first time the changed numbers are voted on?
It seems problematic.
Look I’m no expert, like Township Attorney Carmine Alampi or Lyndhurst Finance Chief Bob Benecke. But the October 9 2nd scheduled FINAL vote of approval on the 13 select higher salary increases doesn’t seem very kosher, even if it’s somehow technically legal.
Gentlemen, what gives; in plain English?