Council waffles on future of cemetery

It’s proving to be a hand-to-mouth existence for St. Thomas Cemetery Company after it came up $9,000 short in funding from the city this year.
The board of directors had originally requested a $59,000 operating grant but on Monday received $20,000, to go with an initial instalment of $30,000 in April.
This money is applied to the board’s almost $200,000 operating budget.
The municipality began funding the company in the mid-1980s to avoid a takeover.
Council voted 7-1 — with Coun. Mark Tinlin in opposition — to support the cemetery board through reduced levels of funding over time. Council could also consider advancing funds for minor capital replacements and expansion in services if other financial resources are not available at the time.
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Salary disclosures are nosy, unproductive ramblings

Posted by Ian:

Reader E. Thompson of St. Thomas is quite upset with my recent posting of public salary disclosures at city hall (other Elgin municipalities, hospital employees and school board officials must file this info by the end of the month). She calls publication of this mandated information as, “nosy, unnecessary, unproductive ramblings.” After speaking with her personally, we have cordially agreed to disagree. In addition, she is quite annoyed at my suggestion Joe Thornton, who was ceremonial chairman of the Timken Centre capital fundraising committee, might consider a monetary contribution to earn naming rights for the main rink, now that Walker Transport has declared bankruptcy. Otherwise, I believe city ratepayers should be recognized for their increased financial role in all of this. In any event, here is her full criticism of my comments. The post in question can be found here .

Re: March 6th City Scope by Ian McCallum

I have read several of Mr. McCallum’s columns that have made me twinge in horror. This one was no exception.
It’s bad enough that the individuals so dedicated to our community such as our Police Chief, Fire Chief and their officers have to read their personal business related to the income of their employ on the front page of the paper every year, then Mr. McCallum must turn around and make his comments on the subject as well.
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2009 Public Sector Salaries, Elgin/St. Thomas health sector

Salary figures released March 31,2010 for 2009 – 2008 salary in brackets.

St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital
COLLINS,PAUL President/Chief Executive Officer $204,727 ($200,920)
CRAIG, DR. IAN Pathologist $469,263 ($421,529)
FLETCHER,KATHRYN ANN Pharmacist $115,866 ($117,347)
GRANT, ANITA Director, Patient Care $108,617 ($104,240)
HILLMAN, MARY-ELLEN $103,804 ($117,733)
HOPKINS, MALCOLM Vice President, Corporate Services $154,130 ($150,778)
KOLATOR-COTNAM, SUSAN $103,929 (new)
LAMBERT, BRENDA Vice President, Patient Services $128,995 ($125,294)
MOORE, ANNE Registered Nurse $104,711 ($101,902)
THOMPSON, HEATHER Director, Patient Care $105,387 ($101,338)
WASTY, DR. FASAHAT Pathologist $334,805 ($149,963)

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
ST. JOHN,CYNTHIA Executive Director $150,075 ($123,627)

Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin branch
DEBRUYN, HEATHER $104,541 ($101,180)

Community Living Elgin
MCCALLUM, TOM $103,610 ($104,814)

Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin
POTGIETER, ROD $135,000 ($132,382)

West Elgin Community Health Centre
ABUSHAWISH, GHASSAN $119,836 ($203,096)
MARDELL, KEVIN physician $259,400 ($222,072)
MELITTO, CATHERINE $112,819 ($108,403)

VON Middlesex Elgin
LECLAIR, LINDA $103,000 ($100,042)

2009 Public Sector Salaries, Municipality of Central Elgin

Salary figures released March 31, 2010 for 2009 – 2008 salary in brackets.

CROCKER, DON Fire Chief $103,519 (new)
LARMOUR,SHARON Director, Financial Services $106,400 ($101,716)
LEITCH, DONALD N Chief Administrative Officer $113,833 ($108,386)
PERRIN, LLOYD Director, Physical Services $113,833 ($111,669)

2009 Public Sector Salaries, County of Elgin

Figures released March 31, 2010 for 2009 – 2008 salary in brackets
BEECH-ROBERTS,RHONDA Director, Long Term Care Homes $110,686 ($106,840)
BUNDSCHUH, JIM $111,885 (new)
MCDONALD,MARK Chief Administrative Officer $160,700 ($143,288)
UNDERHILL, HARLEY Director, Human Resources $111,686 ($106,840)
WATTERS, CLAYTON Director, Engineering Services $110,686 ($106,840)

2009 Public Sector Salaries, City of St. Thomas

These are the most recent figures filed in March, 2010 for 2009.
Employee, their position with the city, salary paid and (taxable benefits).

Barber, Bob Chief, fire department $125,398.87 ($945.21)
Boe, John Senior Platoon Chief, fire dept. $110,221.98 ($631.77)
Brisseau, Mark Senior Capt. fire dept. $103,066.72 ($573.48)
Broadbent, Robert Senior Platoon Chief, fire dept. $$108,413.40 ($601.02)
Carroll, Michael Administrator, Valleyview Home $104,628.72 ($847.08)
Dart, Graham Director Human Resources $113,048.10 ($914.93)
Datars-Bere, Sandra Director, Ontario Works $104,628.72 ($847.08)
Denham, Rudi CEO, Library $100,279.35 ($726.59)
Dewancker, John Director, Environmental Services $123,565.17 ($984.38)
Donker, Steve Senior Capt. fire dept. $106,729.04 ($573.48)
Driedger, Jeff Senior Insp. police $119,871 ($1,146.96)
Gonyou, Joyce Director Nursing, Valleyview Home $103,904.64 ($662.39)
Graves, Wendell City Clerk $106,388.31 ($847.08)
Hikele, Richard Senior Capt. fire dept. $102,275.54 ($515.19)
Hill, Glenn Senior Capt. fire dept. $109,123.18 ($568.16)
Jensen, Oscar Deputy Chief, fire dept. $114,921.54 ($693.81)
Keenan, Patrick Director, Planning $113,048.06 ($1,514.93)
Kernohan, Kevin Senior Platoon Chief, fire dept. $116.150.56 ($620.22)
Lynch, William Chief, police dept. $135,424,00 ($3,296.00)
Mundt, Randy Senior Staff Sgt. police dept. $100,700.84 ($935.43)
Ormerod, Ray Senior Training Officer, fire dept. $104,084.60 (618.84)
Pinnell, Darryl Deputy Chief, police dept. $126.494.48 ($2,211.79)
Scott, Warren Senior Capt. fire dept. $104,480.07 ($573.48)
Traichevich, Mark Senior Insp. police dept. $119,871.40 ($1,146.96)
Walters, Mark Senior Capt. fire dept. $102,260.00 ($573.48)
Willson, Rodger Senior Platoon Chief, fire dept. $107,647.02 ($631.77)
Withenshaw, Steve Senior Staff Sgt. police dept. $101,677.98 ($946.08)

St. Thomas Sunshine Club proves stingy on memberships in 2009

Holding the line or a pause in the action? Membership in the city’s Sunshine Club stalled at 27 in 2009, based on figures released this week under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, which requires municipalities to publicly report salary and benefits of more than $100,000 paid to municipal employees.

Mind you the select group would have inched up to 28 but for the extended leave of absence undertaken by city treasurer Bill Day who, in 2008, earned a base salary of close to $110,000.

Leading the payroll parade again this year is St. Thomas Police Chief Bill Lynch at $135,424, up marginally from $135,267 in 2008.

As was the case at this time last year, Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell has a lock on second place at $126.494 — virtually identical to a year ago.

Three other members of the force remained on the list: senior inspectors Mark Traichevich and Jeff Driedger at $119,871 (up slightly from $119,732 in 2008); and Staff Sgt. Steve Withenshaw, $101,677 ($101,627); while Staff Sgt. Randy Mundt joined the club at $100,700.
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Ain’t life grand, $100 grand that is

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal

Nineteen local public sector employees have joined the so-called Sunshine Club for public sector workers earning more than $100,000 in 2008.

Under the Public Sector Disclosure Act, the name and salary of employees earning more than $100,000 are published yearly.

The biggest increase in this area came for St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital which saw seven new employees earn salaries in excess of $100,000. Three of those were registered nurses and CEO Paul Collins said it’s now normal to find them with six-figure salaries. Continue reading

The sun shines brightly on the Thames Valley District School Board

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal

The Thames Valley District School Board has added a whopping 115 new members to its Sunshine Club — the list of public sector employees earning more than $100,000 a year.

In all, 180 principals, administrative staff and teachers earned more than $100,000 in 2008, according to an annual filing required under Ontario’s so-called Sunshine Law.

That’s up from 65 the previous year and more than 100 of them are elementary school principals, including at least 17 from St. Thomas-Elgin.

“That (increase) would be because our elementary principals, as a group, this year, their salary grid placed them above $100,000 for the first time,” said Mike Sereda, executive superintendent of human resources.

He noted that all principals will be on that list in given time due to pay increases.

But, he noted the Sunshine list is out of date.

“It was created at a time when very few people had a salary of $100,000.”

For the second year in a row, former director of education Bill Bryce earned the highest salary at $266,721. Meanwhile, current education director Bill Tucker earned $186,850 plus $1,130 in taxable benefits, and Sereda himself was paid $159,746.