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|Ferriday Council addresses pay, water plant|
The Ferriday Town Council tied up some loose ends at its monthly meeting Thursday when it approved an ordinance on alderman pay for special meetings and officially voted to use Wal-Mart funds for repairs to the water plant.
Both items were previously discussed at the September meeting.
A public hearing was held last week to discuss paying aldermen $100 for each special meeting. When the board originally introduced the ordinance to increase aldermen pay from $250 a month to $500 monthly it did not include the $100 special meeting allotment per alderman. That's why the Council had to readvertise and hold the public hearing last week and adopt an ordinance.
Elijah "Stepper" Banks made a motion for the pay to retro back to April.
Board attorney Anna Ferguson said she didn't think that was legal, but would check into it. Alderwoman Gloria Lloyd said she didn't think they should worry about getting the back pay.
"I can use the $700 as I am sure that everyone on the board could, but that money spent should go to the water plant," Lloyd said. "We're not making a living off this. That $3,500 would do more for the town going to the water than anything else."
Somer Lance and Lloyd voted against the extra pay for special meetings in September and voted against the ordinance, which passed 3-2. Supprting the extra pay measure was Johnnie Brown, Jerome Harris and Banks.
"We knew what we were getting when we ran for this office," Lewis said.
"The only problem I have with it is that the aldermen just got a raise and we're trying to figure out who we can raise some of our employees," McGlothin said.
The board voted to dedicate a portion of the incoming Wal-Mart money to be set aside for the water plant and used in cases of emergency and for upkeep.
"People don't understand we just had a picture with the governor concerning the $250,000 but we haven't actually gotten that money yet," McGlothin said.
McGlothin said he hopes that the tank will be installed by the Christmas holidays.
The board added to the agenda an ordinance resolution for bond revenue for the application for funding for Phase One water plant construction
"All three banks got together to help us out with this and I am very thankful to them," McGlothin said.
The USDA turned the matter of financing over to Rural Development, which specializes in providing long term loans with low interest rates to towns for such items as the new plant.
McGlothin said the town can get the majority of the necessary funds through stimulus money at a rate of 85 percent non-repayable with the last 15 percent funded through Rural Development.
The cost of the plant is expected to total about $6.4 million.
The town has already spent $204,400 for upgrades required by the Department of Health and Hospitals, McGlothin said.
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