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|Ferriday aldermen put pay hike back on table|
Ferriday aldermen will once again consider raising their salaries following action during the Town Council's regular meeting Tuesday.
On a 4-1 vote, the Council agreed to introduce an ordinance to raise the salary of the Board of Aldermen.
Elijah "Stepper" Banks made the motion and Johnnie Brown seconded it. Jerome Harris and Gloria Lloyd voted yes, while Somer Lance voted against it.
A public hearing will be held at the April town meeting to discuss a raise for the aldermen.
Last December, the town council voted against a resolution by Banks to raise the salaries of board members from $200 to $600 effective January 1, 2009.
Lance, Lloyd and Harris voted against the resolution, with Banks and Johnnie Brown favoring the resolution.
Brown also presented a handbook for recreation in the town.
Mayor Glen McGlothin told the board he would like to see one change made.
"Right now we charge $300 for someone to use the gym," he said. "Some people from Natchez held a dance at the gym and made about $10,000. The way this is handled needs to be done in a different way."
The board discussed raising the fee to $500, and getting a percentage of revenue from concession stand sales.
McGlothin said the council should have the authority to approve events prior to their scheduling.
"We don't want music that people will not approve of, and I'm not just talking about forms of rap," he said. "We need to be careful about what we put in there. We should have the right to turn someone down."
The recreation board will meet to discuss the different options.
The board also appointed Banks, Lewis and attorney Anna Ferguson to form a committee to assist with the Concordia Hotel project. Ferguson said she will ask two people from the Ferriday Downtown Revitalization Committee to also serve on the committee.
The council also approved a pre-application to apply for a $150,000 grant from Delta Regional Authority.
The town also accepted a bid of $32,500 from Tech Contractor in Winnsboro for an excavator, which will be used to tear down about 50 condemned houses in the town. The bid included a trade-in on the old excavator.
The board also approved donating $3,000 to the Delta Music Festival on April 4 as it does every year and discussed clean-up day Saturday.
"I'll be riding a tractor and we invited anyone and everyone to come and pitch in," McGlothin said.
The town approved occupational licenses for Bob's Mini Mart, Unique Boutique and T.C. Snowcone Stand.
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