The City Council balked Tuesday at making four secretaries in the clerk-treasurer's office eligible for raises four times larger than what other city employees will get next year.

Mayor Damon Welch said he included the higher amounts in his salary schedule for 2013, and said the raises would have to be approved by the council if Clerk-Treasurer Bill Kalb wanted to give one or more of them.

Welch said the idea was to provide extra money for extra work in the event a secretary has to take on additional duties.

The pay for each job description on the salary schedule has a minimum and a maximum that a person in each position can be paid.

City Council member Darrell Henderson said he had not learned until Tuesday afternoon that four secretaries' pay on the salary schedule would have a range with an 8 percent difference between the lowest and the highest. Other city employees will get a 2 percent raise next year.

The council voted 5-1 to have the four secretaries' pay ranges reflect the 2 percent raise the City Council had approved. Council member Dick Jones voted against Henderson's motion. Council President Laura Hodges was absent.

With the change made, the council voted 6-0 to approve the salary ordinance.

Next year's pay for the mayor, clerk-treasurer and City Council members will be set later in the year.

Also at the council meeting:

• Welch said the next council meeting likely will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, a day later than the usual schedule due to Election Day being a city holiday.

• A new council redistricting plan was introduced. There will be a public hearing at the next council meeting. The redrawing of district boundaries is required after a census.

• Construction is expected to begin next week on a sewer project at Cypress Street and Clifty Drive. When it is finished in about three weeks, problems that residents of Greenhills addition have had for about 18 years will be resolved, utilities manager Randy Eggenspiller said.

• Six of the new trees the city will plant this year will be on Main Street, Eggenspiller said. He is the city arborist. The Tree Board surveys potential locations, talks to homeowners and makes a list of places and types of trees. Last year, six new trees were planted on Broadway, and before that, eight were planted at the city parking lot at Second and Mulberry streets, he said. The city plants more than 30 trees a year.

While the topic was trees, Henderson mentioned that the trees outside Brown Gym are "messy." Parks director Dave Stucker, who was in the audience, jumped up from his seat, applauding and saying, "Thank you, thank you" to Henderson.

VisitMadison executive director Linda Lytle, who was in the audience, added that it is difficult to get flowers to grow under locust trees. Eggenspiller said he would find the names of suitable flowers.

• Police Chief Dan Thurston said Officer Adam Guzman, who is in the National Guard, has been deployed to the Middle East, and asked everyone to keep him in their prayers.

• Thurston said Mark Wynn is resigning from the Police Merit Board. City police officers chose Wynn to represent them on the merit board, so the officers will choose a replacement.

• Henderson and council member Rick Berry said there have been resident complaints about speeders on State Street just west of St. Patrick's Chapel because the road curves and dips, making it difficult for residents to get out of driveways and for other drivers. "With that blind curve, it's not a safe area no matter how fast or slow you're going," Thurston said.

• City preservation planner Camille Fife said the previously announced public "visioning session" to get ideas for reuse of the former tack factory, 1001 W. Second St., will be Nov. 15 at the Jefferson County Public Library Madison branch. She did not mention a time.

• The city's Veterans Day program will be Nov. 8 and the Christmas Craft Fair will be Dec. 8, Stucker said.

• Hanover resident Warren Auxier addressed the council about his ongoing concerns about how city governance is being conducted.