Teutopolis village government employees received pay increases for the next fiscal year starting May 1.

On April 18, the Village Board approved a 3 percent increase to the pay for eight village employees. The village fiscal year extends from May 1 to April 30 each year, so the vote provided for the pay hike effective through the 2018-19 Fiscal Year.

The vote was unanimous and came after a closed session for deliberations concerning the salary schedule for one or more classes of employees. Voting for the pay increase were Village Trustees Dan Zerrusen, John Mette, Kenny Esker, Joe Schumacher, Greg Oseland and Dave Tegeler.

With construction ahead on new houses in the Prairie View Subdivision, the Trustees agreed to make additional restrictions on home construction. The board approved restrictions on the use of some metal roofing shingles.

With infrastructure work progressing, home building is expected to start when the weather clears. The village acquired land for the south side subdivision to increase housing opportunities in the village. The new Tax Increment Financing District includes the subdivision area.

The board decides on platting and covenants for Prairie View. The village has sold lots for the initial phase of construction. The subdivision area has land for up to 90 houses when it is fully developed.

Three seasonal maintenance workers were hired to help with public works duties that increase during the summer months. The seasonal employees are Tyler Runde, Joe Runde and Travis Spour. The group will be paid minimum wage. The vote on their employment was unanimous.

In other business, the board agreed to change the village board meeting to Thursday, July 5, because the first Wednesday of that month is the July 4 holiday. This is the only meeting date change expected due to holidays for the rest of the year.