By Kevin Passon

 Exempt and non-represented city employees are expected to get a 2% pay raise when the Antigo Common Council meets Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The pay raise is scheduled to be part of the council’s consent agenda, which means there would be no discussion. The pay raise includes wages paid to the city attorney and assistant city attorney.

The raises will be effective Jan. 1, 2021, and match what is in the contact for union employees, said Kaye Matucheski, city clerk-treasurer and finance director.

Also part of the consent agenda will be the writing off three block grant loans: $21,480 for 830 First Ave., $7,788.04 for 305 Hudson St. and $20,591.29 for 1216 Fifth Ave.

Matucheski said the loans were for homeowners who qualified for the grants to fix up or maintain homes, but the city is writing off the loans as it no longer seems feasible it will collect the repayment amounts anyway.

The council is also expected to approve $10,000 in funding for July 4 fireworks displays in 2021. Two-thirds of the money will come from the economic development portion of the hotel tax with the remainder from the celebrations operating budget.

It is also expected the council will vote to revise the existing civil technician and assistant building inspector non-represented position to an assistant building inspector and zoning administrator exempt position. The move would be retroactive to Sunday.

The final consent agenda item will be to waive bidding requirements and spend $53,375 on playground equipment and a poured-in-place surface from Lee Recreation for parkland on Hudson Street.

Under new business, the council will consider a resolution to award an engineering contract for the 2021 Fifth Avenue reconstruction project (from Lincoln Street to Western Avenue).

There will also be discussion and possible action on extending Mayor Bill Brandt’s emergency order beyond Wednesday. The order allows the mayor to act on behalf of the city when, due to the COVID pandemic, council approval cannot be received in advance.

The council’s Committee of the Whole will meet immediately after the council adjourns to take up the request to solicit proposals for a potential housing development on city-owned land along Hogan Street north of the Remington Pond.

Members will also be updated on the city budget and be asked to consider paying out city employees’ vacation time under special circumstances.

The public is invited to participate by phone. Call City Hall at 715-623-3633, ext. 100, during regular business hours for dial-in instructions.