Council OKs raises

Published 1:23 am Wednesday, January 23, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Whoever is sitting in the seats for the Brewton mayor and council members in November will enjoy a higher salary than is currently in place for those positions.
After recommendation by salary committee members Frank Cotten and Cary Barton, the city council unanimously approved an increase in salaries to become effective in November.
Currently, the mayor's position carries a salary of $13,000, while council members are paid $425 monthly, city clerk John Angel said.
The agreed upon salaries will bring Brewton's officials in line with other municipalities, Mayor Ted Jennings said.
The salaries will become effective on the first Monday in November, which will fall after municipal elections are held and new or incumbent council members are seated, Angel said.
State law requires an outgoing city council to set salaries for the incoming council and mayor, so that current council members do not give themselves a raise.
In other business, the council heard from city attorney Ed Hines regarding an opinion on police car tinting from the attorney general's office.
The council also heard from Councilman William McGhee concerning his report from the dilapidated houses committee.
In connection with Community Development Block Grants awarded to the city, the council approved a series of resolutions that set standards for purchasing, contracting and disbursing of grant funds, financial records and procurement procedures.

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