Pierz Council approves 8 percent increase for city administrator

Nicole Nordlund has six months under her belt as the Pierz city administrator. After her six-month review, the Pierz City Council approved an 8 percent increase in her wages.

Nordlund’s starting pay with the city was set at $48,000. With the 8 percent increase, her salary will be $51,840.

A month ago, the Council approved 50 cent per hour raises for all full-time city employees, except Nordlund. The Council chose to wait until after her six-month review to grant a salary increase.

“The Committee came to the conclusion she’s doing an outstanding job,” said Mayor Toby Egan. “She has an unbelievable work ethic.”

Nordlund’s salary increase is higher, not only because of the good job she’s done over the past six months, but because of pay equity requirements.

Pay equity requirements are in place to eliminate discrimination against women who are paid less than men for jobs requiring comparable levels of expertise.

In this case, the state places Nordlund’s job on the same level as Police Chief Eric Hanneken, Egan said.

“At the end of three years, if she stays with us and does the job we expect her to do, her salary will be somewhere in the neighborhood of the police chief’s,” Egan said.

Hanneken will have seniority, but Nordlund’s salary must be in alignment with his.

“She is definitely worth every penny we’re going to pay her,” Egan said.

Pierz City Council Briefs

In other business Monday, the Pierz City Council:

  • Approved a $500 donation to Pierz Freedom Fest. Freedom Fest Committee Member Lloyd Boeder said the event will be held July 15 at the Genola ball fields and will feature the best line-up of musicians it has ever had. The line-up includes local favorites Karla Jensen and Brothers Tone, the Fabulous Armadillos, Chris Hawkey, Blackhawk and Neal McCoy;
  • Tabled a decision on a request from Horizon Health for a donation to its Faith in Action program for transportation. The Council was not sure it was legally able to donate to the nonprofit organization;
  • Approved a $2,000 donation to Community Services for summer activity programs it provides to area youths;
  • Set Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. for a Council workshop. City Engineer Scott Hedlund will also attend the meeting;
  • Learned no applications had been received for jobs available at the golf course;
  • Approved a gambling permit for the Pierz Lions during Oktoberfest;
  • Approved a gambling permit for Patrick’s Bar and Grill to sell gun calendars for the Pierz Youth Baseball Club;
  • Approved permits for Shawn Janson for a deck replacement and a new home being built by Keith Thielen in Cody Court, as recommended by Planning and Zoning; and
  • Heard a presentation by Pierz School District Supt. George Weber on the district’s May 22 referendum. See the story on Page 1 for more information about the referendum.

The Council’s next meeting is Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.