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Councils submit expense report

Woolwich councillors, who collected a total of $71,073 in remuneration in 2010, filed expense claims of $2,248 last year, a report tabled this week shows. That compares to $71,076 and $4,902, respectively, the year prior.

In a housekeeping measure mandated by the province, finance director Richard Petherick filed a statement of payments and expenses that was accepted by council at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The Ontario Municipal Act gives municipalities until Mar. 31 to make the details public.

Because 2010 was an election year, pay was divided between previous councillors and four newcomers, who were added to the payroll in December.

Former mayor Bill Strauss received $22,507, while new Mayor Todd Cowan got $1,185 before the calendar rolled over.

Coun. Mark Bauman, the only one of five councillors who returned for this term, last year received $11,846, the same compensation as in 2009.  He filed expense of $469.

Three former councillors took in $11,253 before their terms expired: Murray Martin (expenses of $1,093), Sandy Shantz and Ruby Weber ($686).

The three new councillors – Bonnie Bryant, Julie-Anne Herteis and Allan Poffenroth – were paid $592 for the last part of the year.

Petherick’s report also noted the township paid five members of its Committee of Adjustment remuneration totaling $2,000 and expenses that amounted to $657.

In Wellesley, a similar report tabled this week shows councillors received a total of $52,180.28 and filed expenses of $14,922.51. The corresponding figures for 2009 were $51,589.88 and $12,252.64.

Mayor Ross Kelterborn was paid $10,239.96, drawing a mileage allowance of $2,199.96 and expenses of $615.89. Each of the councillors received $10,485.08.48, and mileage allowances of $800.04. Coun. Herb Neher filed expenses of $2,479.56; Coun. Paul Hergott $4,512.86; Coun. Jim Olender $3,433.34 and Coun. Shelley Wagner $3,880.86.

Four committee of adjustment members received $945, and received mileage costs of $274.92. Seven members of the recreation committee received a total of $420.

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