After tabling it two weeks ago, the Centerville City Council returned to the issue of raising the pay of the mayor and council Tuesday, directing the mayor to appoint a residents study committee.

After hearing some fierce criticism at a public hearing Dec. 11 and sensing a split in their own ranks, the council that night decided to table the proposed increases.But two council members - Kent Lindsey and Steve Mangel - still believe the council and mayor are underpaid, considering the time they invest in the city business and compared to salary levels of comparably sized communities.

The council asked Mayor Michael Kjar to compile a list of residents to serve on the ad hoc committee and submit the list for council approval.

The committee will be charged with studying the salaries paid to the council and mayor, along with members of the city's planning commission and board of adjustment, and return by the end of January or first of February with recommendations.

The mayor currently earns $600 a month, split between $3,600 annual salary and a like amount in travel expense. Council members earn $175 a month plus $1,500 annually for travel, for a total of $2,100 annually.