month or $6,000 per year.

Treasurer Frank Martin voluntarily forgoes a paycheck, while city Clerk Phillip Para draws the prescribed pay. Martin said he doesn’t plan to run for reelection but thought the pay amount should be comparable for his successor to the $9,600 per year city councilors


“I just think it ought to be the same thing for the next person to run for it in three years,” said Martin.

“We need to get in line with the times,” said Councilwoman Ramona Taylor.

With the employees now seeing the increase on the paychecks an ordinance to raise the pay of the clerk and the treasurer to align with the annual salary for city councilors was officially introduced and quickly squashed by Alderman James Pulliaum.

As the details were kicked around in the pre-council meeting work session Pulliaum asked questions about the measure. Then once it came up on the floor he applied the breaks.

“Can we increase the salary during a term,” asked Pulliaum.

“You can increase it at any point,” replied City Attorney David Peeples. “An effective

decrease can not be

made in the middle of a term. To decrease a salary, it would have to be at the start of the next term.”

On the floor, Budget Committee Chairman Tracy Catt moved to add the raise to the agenda. Pulliaum opposed the adding the ordinance to the agenda during the voice vote and effectively

pigeon holed the


“It takes a unanimous vote to add it to the agenda,” said Mayor Bill Johnson.

“It died.”

Catt pledged to bring it up at the next meeting.

“I’ll have it recorded in at the city clerk’s office and have it on the next meeting agenda,” said Catt.