Raise for city aldermen is approved
by Rima Austin | July 9, 2018 6:13 am
Editor’s note: In the article “City aldermen vote themselves a raise,” which was published July 2, 2018, Jerry Lowery was listed as casting the only “no” vote. However, Chad Griffin also cast a “no” vote.
A recent action by Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen that has sparked numerous negative comments on social media in the past week was finalized Thursday when members voted in favor of giving themselves raises.
During the July 5, 2018, city board meeting, the second and final reading of the pay raise for the aldermen ordinance was given and another vote was taken. With the exception of Alderman Chad Griffin and Alderman Jerry Lowery, the remaining board members voted “yes” to the raise.
In other business, Mayor Jeff Young encouraged board members to make charitable contributions to an organization of their choice.
Young announced that he would be making a personal donation to the Sparta-White County Senior Center. He then presented his check to Edna Daniels, a representative of the senior center.
Other items on the agenda included:
-The board decided on where to put the train caboose, donated to the city by Agee Oil Company before going out of business. It will be placed to the northwest of the city cemetery, on the new walking trail, when it is completed. Orange markers now mark the spot where it will go.
-Young discussed making packets for candidates on rules and regulations such as where they can put their campaign signs and where they cannot. He stated that any candidate who has a sign picked up by the City of Sparta is welcome to come and get the sign and that they are never thrown away. There was no further discussion about the subject.
-A motion was made to approve a $25,000 budget to repair the water line between South Carter Street and Church Street. There was a roll call vote to which every member of the board voted yes.
The next meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be 5 p.m., July 19, 2018, at city hall.