Council puts lights out on commissioners’ raises

7 Apr

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Wanted to write about this after the Peabody City Council’s finance committee voted to reject a raise for the Light Commissioners last night, but instead, I will allow Tom Paris, long-time Light Commissioner and “all-around great guy,” to sum up what happened when Peabody’s most-effective board came before the council to ask for what seemed like a reasonable raise.

The following was posted by Tom today on Facebook. I agree with him 100%.

Light Commissioner Tom Paris writing on Facebook:

Tom_ParasMy reaction: Disappointed but not Surprised.

Will I agree with EVERY decision of the City Council and Mayor – NEVER

Will I support the City Council and the Mayor – ALWAYS
As an elected official and a colleague, they should expect that of me
In turn, as an elected official and a colleague, I should expect that of them.

Disappointed – Yes, Surprised – No

It’s been more than two decades since the elected members of the Peabody Municipal Light Commission have gotten a raise, but for some members of the City Council, two decades is still not long enough. Even though we exist in a political arena where every other paid elected City official has had their salaries increased.
On Thursday night, the City Council’s finance committee considered a request from the light commissioners for a raise to $5,100 per year. The five-member, elected board last saw its pay upped to $4,000 per year in 1996. In considering that request, finance committee member, John Turco (Ward 2), said we should be denied our request because of the results of the last PMLP labor contract. Relevant? In their mindset I guess so. I know that I was not elected to run the City and I do not believe that they were elected to run the Light Plant. When the Finance Committee’s Report was read at Thursday’s City Council Meeting – not one Councilor came forward to call for a vote of the Councilors present.

Thankfully the PMLP Board does not deliberate with retaliation in mind, or telling the City Council how to do their job, or if doing the right thing will hurt us during the upcoming election, or what the Salem News is going to say, but rather we focus on the merits of the issue before us and whether this will help us to continue to provide our customers with the Most Reliable Service at the Lowest Possible Cost. Look at our record – we do a great job for the City and we do a great job for the residents of Peabody. Although not appreciated by the current City Council – we are very much appreciated by those who matter – the residents who own The Peabody Municipal Light Plant – the people we serve and will continue to serve to the best of our ability.

Disappointed – Yes, Surprised – No

3 Responses to “Council puts lights out on commissioners’ raises”

  1. BS Crap April 7, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Attempted to post a comment earlier but it got lost in the internet.

    First: The PMLP Commissioner position is voluntary, Elected. Don’t like it. Don’t run….QUIT. Let someone run.

    Second; The position is already loaded with political perks.

    Third: Apparently the role of PMLP Commissioners is: To keep the pork barrel full. Keep hiring the politically contacted. It is working perfectly! Sorry you can’t collect on the milk wagnon

  2. Arthur Douglas April 8, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    The PMLP does a great job and they deserve the increase. If you do not support elected officials that are dedicated, you end up with individuals that will cost you more.

  3. Could use Some Easy Money for my TAXES April 12, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    When will the PMLP Commissioners who are up for re-election announce their intentions if they are running? Courtesy to the PMLP customers so that interested potential candidates can start sizing up the pool of candidates.

    Whose terms are up? 4 or 6 year terms?

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