Aldermen approve employee pay raises

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

Eupora leaders have approved pay raises for city employees upon the recommendation of Mayor Tommy Lott.

When the Board of Aldermen adopted the budget for this fiscal year on Sept. 13, it did so less any pay raises at that time. The budget was adopted following an executive session to discuss personnel issues that might affect the budget.

Aldermen agreed then to defer all discussed pay raises until January, when it would be clear as to how a projected tax shortfall by the county tax assessor would affect city revenue.

The board revisited the issue during a special called meeting Jan. 9, when Lott presented to the board possible employee pay raise amounts. He said the city had had a good year and was not in any financial trouble, and should be able to pay employees the same as other places the same size as Eupora.

The board voted after further discussion to go into executive session for the express purpose of discussing salaries.

Once back in open session, Dan Burchfield (at large) offered a motion to adopt the salary raises as presented to the clerk to be effective as of Jan. 1, according to unofficial minutes of the meeting.

Hank Flowers (Ward 4) seconded the motion with all aldermen voting aye. Afterwards, the minutes reflect, Burchfield asked that the board be provided an updated salary sheet when completed.

Jan. 7 Meeting During its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 7, the Board of Aldermen voted to go ahead with the striping of the runway at the airport and clearing of trees on one end of the runway. If the cost of the project is more than the authorized amount, the mayor is bring it back before the board for discussion.

This is being required by the Federal Aviation Administration before two hangers can be built at the airport through an FAA matching grant.

The board also voted to authorize Burchfield to contact the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and submit the application requirements needed for the previous Webster County emergency siren grant application, which was not funded. After discussion with Park Director John Prather, the board authorized him to spend up to a set amount when bidding for state Dizzy Dean tournaments.

Aldermen voted to put $1,000 in grant money from Golden LivingCenter- Eupora into the police department’s budget, and to accept two Fred’s donations of $356.52 each for the police and fire departments by making specific budget amendments.

Staff Writer Ruthie Robison contributed to this report.