The Tomah City Council will discuss the wages of police chief Mark Nicholson when the Committee of the Whole meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday), and the council holds its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The council will discuss restricting Nicholson’s salary at $88,858. According to the resolution, Nicholson has not obtained a four-year criminal justice degree “as contemplated” by his letter of acceptance when he was promoted to chief in January 2014. The resolution freezes any wage advancements except for cost-of-living increases until he obtains the degree.

In a related matter, the council will consider a resolution that changes the job description of police department personnel. It replaces language saying that a bachelor’s degree for the police chief is “preferred” with “required” and added that a master’s degree is “preferred.”

In other business, the council will consider resolutions to:

  • Request that city of Tomah residents be exempted from the Monroe County library tax. The resolution states that city of Tomah residents are already paying a city library tax and should be exempt from “paying again through the county tax.”
  • Write off $6,800 in delinquent personal property taxes from 2014 to 2017.
  • Allow two non-city residents to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • Amend the city ordinance that restricts square footage of 1,200 square feet for accessory structures. It would increase the limit to 2,400 square for lots greater than one acre.

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Tomah Journal reporter Meghan Flynn can be reached at meghan.flynn@lee.net.


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