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Lansing Village Hall

John J. Watkins The Times

LANSING — The Village Board voted Tuesday to opt out of the Cook County minimum wage bump.

The Cook County Board approved a gradual minimum wage increase in October, raising the rate to $13 per hour by 2020. Annual increases based on the consumer price index will follow. The county ordinance also requires an hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours. Workers can carry over 20 unused hours into the next year.

Those rules go into effect on July 1, but the ordinance allows individual municipalities to opt out before that date.

Trustees voted 5-0, with Trustee Mike Manno absent, to break from the county.

Village Administrator Dan Podgorski said at least 40 other municipalities also have done so.

Lansing’s ordinance reads “the mayor and board of trustee of the village of Lansing find that the Cook County paid sick leave ordinance and Cook County minimum wage ordinance place an undue burden on employers within the village, given the current rights of employees under federal and state law.”

Lansing businesses will be required to abide by state wage regulations, which include a minimum wage of $8.25.

Village President Patty Eidam at the June 6 board meeting said village business owners urged her to opt out.

Also Tuesday, the board approved payments for improvements to the historic Ford Hangar at Lansing Municipal Airport.

Van Der Weide Glass will replace the glass in broken and damaged windows for $18,555.

Trustee Tony DeLaurentis, who chairs the board’s airport committee, said the glass is specially made to mimic the original material from the hangar’s construction in 1927.

Builders Ironworks of Crete also will make repairs for $18,195.

The work will be partially paid through a 2014 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The village would have lost the grant if it was unspent before the end of June.

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