The Waupaca Common Council approved a pay raise for the city’s two crossing guards during its May 20 meeting.
The council voted 8-0 to increase the hourly rate for the position from $9 per hour to $15 per hour, effective the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Alderpersons Paul Hagen and John Lockwood were absent.
Ald. Dave Peterson noted that it is a big pay raise.
“No one else is applying though,” said Ald. Paul Mayou. “I think they’ve been underpaid for a long time.”
Peterson and the rest of the council agreed.
Earlier this month, Police Chief Tim Goke brought forward his request for a pay raise for the crossing guards.
He did so after advertising to get a new crossing guard for three months and not receiving one application.
Goke requested $15 per hour for the position after talking to the crossing guard who wanted to leave the position and asking him what it would take for him to stay on as a crossing guard.
The police chief noted it is difficult to find people willing to work one hour in the morning and then another hour in the afternoon.
Because the city and Waupaca School District share in the cost of the crossing guards, Goke contacted District Administrator David Poeschl, who agreed to raising the hourly rate for the position.
With the pay increase going into effect next fall, Goke esimates it will cost about $1,800 to cover it.
“The city’s responsibility will be about $900,” he said.
The police chief believes the $900 can come out of his existing budget.