The members of New Albany Village Council have agreed not to give themselves a raise and to instead increase the funds available to pay the village's mayor's court magistrate.

The members of New Albany Village Council have agreed not to give themselves a raise and to instead increase the funds available to pay the village's mayor's court magistrate.

Council gave a first reading Jan. 19 to legislation that would reduce the salary for the body's president pro-tem by $1,000.

Member Glyde Marsh was chosen to fill the position during council's Jan. 5 meeting.

The five regular council members are each paid $9,000 a year.

The president pro-tem's salary was set at $10,000 because whoever holds the position was responsible for presiding over mayor's court whenever the village's mayor is unavailable.

For at least the past five years, the village has paid a magistrate to fill in for the mayor instead.

Initially, the legislation called for the additional $1,000 to be split evenly among the six council members, but council voted unanimously in favor of a motion by Colleen Briscoe to move the money instead to the mayor's court budget.

"I like raises," Briscoe said. "But this is more appropriate."

The legislation is scheduled to be back before council for a second reading Feb. 2.

Council also adopted an amended set of rules of procedure.

Among the changes was the elimination of the requirement that "any meeting with other governmental bodies or businesses or individuals seeking to transact business with the village" must be attended by at least two village officials, at least one of whom should be a member of council.

The same rule required that the results of any such meeting be distributed as a memo to all other village officials.

Another change to the rules makes it possible for council members to call for reconsideration of a vote during the following council meeting.

Previously, a vote could be reconsidered only during the meeting during which it was originally taken.

In other business, council:

Approved a zoning change to allow the development of the Ackerly Park town homes at Johnstown Road and Market Street.

The development will sit on 4.25 acres currently owned by the New Albany Co. and will have up to 30 attached units. The area previously had been zoned for single-family homes.

The new town homes will abut the Ackerly Park subdivision of single-family homes, which will be the 2010 BIA Parade of Homes site.

Created a recreation-center committee to be chaired by member Chris Wolfe and to meet through 2013. Mayor Nancy Ferguson charged the committee with studying the feasibility of developing a recreation center and determining possible funding sources.

"Right now it's really just exploratory," Ferguson said. "It's not even an infant yet."

Voted to move its March meetings from the usual first and third Tuesdays of the month to the second and fourth Tuesdays to accommodate scheduling conflicts.