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Manlius Village doles out bonus bucks

Village officials handed out nearly $6,000 in salary bonuses during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees July 28.

After a spirited discussion, the board also gave clerk/treasurer Lisa DeVona a $4,000 salary increase for a total compensation of $44,000, but denied court clerk Janet Stanley a 4-percent salary raise, keeping her annual income at $32,560.

Department heads receiving bonuses included Department of Public Works Superintendent John Maher ($2,000), departed Recreation Director Jim Raulli ($2,000), Fire Department Administrator Paul Whorrall ($1,000), and DPW Crew Leader Bill Chaires ($500).

DeVona's pay raise became effective Aug. 1. Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said the pay boost was well deserved.

He said the county sales tax issue kept his office busy earlier this year and DeVona could have insisted on the salary increase that was promised at the time of hire to be effective in January.

"Lisa could have pushed the board (for her raise in January). But she didn't," Serafin said. "She's a real team player."

DeVona, who was previously employed by the village of Fayetteville, was hired last August to fill the post left open when Bryan Gazda resigned to take a job as the director of administration and finance with the city of Cortland. In Fayetteville, DeVona served as deputy clerk/treasurer for nearly three years.

Serafin said DeVona's salary adjustment is included in the 2010-11 budget.

Trustee Marc Baum took exception to the pay raise and cast the lone vote to deny it. He said there was nothing in writing concerning DeVona's hire agreement.

"There is no record of it," Baum said. "The word of the administration isn't good enough."

Soon after DeVona's hire a year ago, the board approved a part-time position for Karen Curulla, who at $50/hour, was hired to assist and train DeVona for no more than 70 hours according to the board's Aug. 25 minutes. While Curulla's consultation work was approved through last November, Baum noted Curulla has logged 235 hours and paid $11,750.

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