The Dyersville City Council approved salaries for city officials at the Dec. 20 council meeting.

City Administrator Mick Michel’s contract will run from Jan. 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025 at a base salary of $127,500 with 4% increases effective July 1, 2022 each year thereafter. With a motion by Councilmember Tom Westhoff and a second by Mike English, the resolution passed 5-0.

Public Works Director/City Engineer John Wandsnider will receive a base salary of $100,000 with 2% increases beginning July 1, 2022 for each year of his contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025.

Oberbroeckling commented on Wandsnider’s agreement. “With the city engineer, biggest thing I would stress is the value of having an engineer is to reduce our engineering costs. We’ve previously paid a lot every year for engineering and that was a lot of what I looked at in justifying hiring John as a professional engineer when we looked at changing the position. It certainly is a lot of money, but in the realm of an engineer he’s not overpaid.”

Oberbroeckling motioned to approve the contract, with a second by Jenni Ostwinkle Silva, with the council approving 5-0.

Police Chief Brent Schroeder’s contract proposal of a base salary of $95,960 prompted discussion among the council. Running from Jan. 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025, the proposal called for 3% increases beginning July 1, 2022 and running each year thereafter.

Council member Jim Gibbs said, “As far as the percentage of increase goes, it seems really high.”

Oberbroeckling agreed, “A formula for others would have it at around $92,500 to $92,600. The 3% is not out of line and in the spirit of the formula, I think it’s very competitive at $92,500 to $92,600.”

Later in the discussion, English reminded the council a change to Schroeder’s health insurance policy would cost him $3,000.

After discussion, a motion by Oberbroeckling and second by Gibbs to amend the contract with a starting salary of $92,600 failed 3-2, with only Oberbroeckling and Gibbs voting in favor.

English followed that with a motion to approve the original resolution, with a second by Westhoff, the resolution passed 3-2 with English, Westhoff and Ostwinkle Silva voting for approval.

The council passed 5-0 the following salaries and hourly wages: Molly Dupont, assistant police chief, $82,656; Tricia Maiers, city clerk/treasurer, $73,800; Michael Lansing, wastewater operator, $28.27; Terry Recker, water operator/electrician,$27.79; Michael Maahs, street foreman, $26.53; Tim Herbers, public works crewmember, $24.37; Joe Reicher, public works crewmember, $26.26; Lori Panton, deputy clerk, $23.29.

On a 4-0 vote with Oberbroeckling abstaining, the council approved the wage for Oberbroeckling’s wife, Sandra Oberbroeckling, administrative assistant, at $18.28.

Mayor Jim Heavens, speaking at his last meeting as mayor, reflected on what makes Dyersville successful.

“We have good people here,” he said. “I say that I am favored and blessed. I think Dyersville is too. What other town has the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, is the Farm Toy capital of the world, has the Field of Dreams and has had the only Major League baseball game played in a cornfield? The city has good municipal genetics, a good staff and good elected officials.”

He encouraged Dyersville citizens to have high expectations for their elected officials. “They don’t mind that,” he added.