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Poll results: Do the planning commissioners for your municipalities get paid?

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Thread: Paid planning commissioners?

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    Paid planning commissioners?

    Do the planning commissioners in your town (or city or village or...) get a stipend? I sit on our local planning board and do more work than all the Village trustees put together and yet we don't get a penny (unlike the Trustees). And, with no planning staff, I end up doing all the same work for free that I actually get paid to do as a city planner (my real job). I know serving on the planning board is fulfilling my civic responsiblity, but I am feeling a little taken advantage of these days...

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    Our commission has eleven members -- three serve by virtue of their office (city council, parks board, city engineer). No money for them. All others are paid $50US each meeting. ZBA has five members -- each is paid $75US. Attendance required for pay. We have failed to get a quorum only twice since we started paying some 6 years ago.
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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
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    In the 3 munis I've worked for, only one paid its pc members a stipend, and it was $10 per meeting. Thought *at the time* being, you devote 1 night a month to publuc service, we'll pay you enough to take the wife to a nice meal somewhere oce a month.

    $10.

    Nice meal.

    *yawn*

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    From my experience, it is very rare to have members of boards and commissions get any pay, although common council members usually get a stipend. The problem that you end up doing all of the work because there is no paid staff is a problem. It could also pose a conflict for you at times. Your city needs to address this, if by no other means than by contracting with a private firm to provide "on call" planning services.
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  5. #5
    Quote Originally posted by Chet
    In the 3 munis I've worked for, only one paid its pc members a stipend, and it was $10 per meeting. Thought *at the time* being, you devote 1 night a month to publuc service, we'll pay you enough to take the wife to a nice meal somewhere oce a month.

    $10.

    Nice meal.

    *yawn*
    Now that we pay members, I am even more amused by the "THWWWWWWIP" thread
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    Q. Who / What is
    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    the "THWWWWWWIP" thread
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    $35/ meeting.

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    Cyburbian Planderella's avatar
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    No pay or stipend. They don't deserve it either.
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    [sarcasm]Most PCs I know are paid directly by the developer.[/sarcasm]

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    $25.00 per meeting

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    Never had paid members. I saw one place that did, and there was a neat little provision in the policy statement: members are paid double for special meetings, and the applicant foots the bill.

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    Food & Site Visit

    I used to work in a place where the staff would take the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment to lunch after a site visit. Sometimes the lunch would add up to about $20 a person. The County paid for the meal. Only problem, some of the members would drink (and I don't mean water) during lunch!

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    They don't deserve it either.
    I completely concur.
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    Statute

    In reference to the Planning Commission, Kansas State Statute 12-744.(b). states that:

    "Members of the commission shall serve without compensation."

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    They don't get paid, but I think maybe they should. That may attract better PC members or at least encurage some of them to read the staff report or visit the sites prior to the meeting.
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    Quote Originally posted by Repo Man
    They don't get paid, but I think maybe they should. That may attract better PC members or at least encurage some of them to read the staff report or visit the sites prior to the meeting.
    Is there so little interest that this is the case? I've only been asked to serve on one commission so far in life. I'd like to be on my town's comission (I think...last time I wanted a spot on a commission, I got it and it was grueling!).
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    Quote Originally posted by GeogPlanner
    Is there so little interest that this is the case? I've only been asked to serve on one commission so far in life. I'd like to be on my town's comission (I think...last time I wanted a spot on a commission, I got it and it was grueling!).
    Oh no...there are always people willing to be on the Plan Commission. In fact one of the people who rarely goes to the site is on all kinds of boards, committees, and commissions.
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