Committee recommends $5-an-hour raises for Village of Wilton employees

By SARAH PARKER | County Line Editor

After a closed session Monday, Wilton’s employee and licensing committee recommended that the village board issue a $5 raise to each full-time employee. 

The full-time employees are public works director Steve Laufenberg, clerk/treasurer Leigha Barton, and public works employee Nick Coleman.

According to committee minutes posted to the Village of Wilton website, the committee recommended the increases, but the full village board will have to give its approval before they can take effect. 

If approved, the raises will be the second ones this year.

As of Jan. 1, Barton’s hourly wage went from $19.50 to $26 per hour; and Laufenberg’s, $21 to $26 per hour. The board agreed on that set of raises in November 2021. Also, Coleman was hired at $23 per hour in November 2021.

If the latest round of raises is approved, it appears Barton’s and Laufenberg’s wages each would be $31 per hour.

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Also on Monday, the board met in a closed session with Ted Waskowski, an attorney with Madison firm Stafford Rosenbaum, to discuss litigation. No other information was released on the matter, and the board made no motions after closed session.  

Former president Tim Welch, who resigned July 23, also attended the closed session. 

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On a related note, on Tuesday, WKBT News 8 of La Crosse broadcast a piece on the circumstances of July’s swimming pool closure. 

To see the video and accompanying article, go to www.news8000.com/wilton-woes-communication-breakdowns-cause-pool-closure-lifeguard-exodus

Article updated at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, to reflect the amount of the pay raises.

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