Aldermen vote themselves a raise
by Rima Austin | July 2, 2018 8:45 am
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted June 21 to give themselves a $100 raise.
Alderman Hoyt Jones suggested the board vote on the raise, which was immediately countered by Alderman Jerry Lowery.
“I think it’s wrong for any elected officials giving themselves a raise,” stated Lowery.
Jones responded to Lowery suggesting the low pay is the reason they cannot get anyone to run for a position as alderman for the city.
“It’s like a volunteer job,” says Jones. “There is a lot more to it than that.”
The raise was put up for a vote. The board, with the exception of Lowery, all voted to approve the raise by $100.
Other matters of business included the following:
-Authorizing the solicitation of bids for 24-inch rocks for bank stabilization project
-Bid results for annual chemical bids for the public works department
-Bid results for annual asphalt hot mix for public works department
-Bid results for annual rock and gravel for public works department
-Approval of metal shed for electric system in the amount of $31,900
-Approval of Veteran’s Day parade
-Approval of application of parade permit submitted by Rachel Auberger for Team Dani-Dash for Dani parade