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Forest preserve commission tables vote on director’s $10.2K pay hike

Dave Guritz, executive director for the Kendall County Forest Preserve district, talks during the Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission meeting July 16 at the Kendall County Office Building, 111 W. Fox St. in Yorkville.
Dave Guritz, executive director for the Kendall County Forest Preserve district, talks during the Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission meeting July 16 at the Kendall County Office Building, 111 W. Fox St. in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission has tabled action on a proposed pay raise for the agency’s executive director until the commission’s next committee of the whole meeting.

Judy Gilmour, president of the forest preserve commission, said the salary increase for Dave Guritz, from $85,000 to $95,200 retroactive to July 20 will be tabled to next week. Other items tabled include a proposed lease agreement for Guritz to live in the vacant Ken Pickerill house in the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve south of Oswego and a proposal for the district to eliminate the full-time superintendent, part-time rental venues coordinator, part-time environmental education coordinator and part-time resident and grounds maintenance positions.

Gilmour said the forest preserve commission held an executive session during its Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting in light of the postponement of those three agenda items. She said she couldn’t say what was discussed during executive session, but the commission wanted to give themselves more time to look through different options.

“So we’re going to give it another day of discussion,” Gilmour said.

The update comes after the commission voted to approve a new draft job description for Guritz during their July 16 meeting. The new job description includes Guritz assuming grounds superintendent duties, including overseeing grounds maintenance and custodial services at forest preserve district locations.

Forest preserve commissioners have said the salary increase would be to help cover Guritz paying $913 per month in rent to the forest preserve district, which would be in line for fair market value for a one-bedroom apartment in Kendall County.

The forest preserve’s next committee of the whole meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Kendall County office building, 111 W. Fox St.

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