City Council member Chris Bryant suggested a pay raise for the mayor and council members during Monday’s city council meeting.
Bryant said the $10 council members are currently paid does not cover many of the expenses members incur, including gas, phone bills and time invested.
The mayor is allotted $150 a month.
Bryant said he would like to see council members make $250 per month with the mayor at $350 a month.
“I think it would draw more interest in the city,” Bryant said, adding he thought more people would be inclined to run for city offices if they were compensated.
“Truthfully, my dollar amount is zero. I serve because I have the time and I do it as a service to the community,” said councilman Bob Stricklin.
City Secretary Peggy Busch did some quick calculations and said the increase for council members alone would cost the city $15,000 a year plus an additional 7.65 percent for FICA and Medicare taxes. The proposed increase for the mayor would add $4,200 a year plus taxes.
Community members Margaret Drake and Storie Sharp spoke up saying they supported the increase.
The issue was tabled for further funding research. The measure will have to be approved before Jan. 1.
If the council approves any raise, it would only affect those who are elected to the council in May 2009. Sitting council members would not see an increase until their term was up and they have been re-elected.
Other issues addressed by the council included a request from Gary Marks with the Glen Rose Medical Center to change a subdivision ordinance requiring the hospital to add drainage according to the 100-year flood plain.
Marks was not at the meeting but City Superintendent Ronald Bruce said the problem stems from the fact that drainage requirements change between the subdivision, the city and the highway department.
Bruce explained the subdivision ordinance requires a 36-inch drainage pipeline to accommodate the 100-year plain. The line would then tie into the city’s drainage system, which is designed on a 25-year flood plain. That line ties into the highway department line, which is based on a 10-year flood plain.
Bruce said the ordinance is not out of line with what other cities require.
The motion to alter the ordinance was denied by the council.
The council is still considering possible appointees to the Board of Adjustments. An alternate is needed to fill in when a board member must be absent from a meeting.
The issue was tabled to allow board members to compile a list.
Residents in Stadium Addition will have to keep waiting for an answer to their flood problem.
Bruce reported that TxDOT has received the information from Halff Consultants but that more data has been requested. He hopes a final report, along with a list of possible solutions, will be available in a few more weeks.
Margaret Drake gave the council an update on the Riverwalk.
Michael Buckley is making revisions to the plan and will also revise the cost estimate. The new plans should be available by the end of October.
Drake said Bruce had gone to look at the bridge in Bosque County that they would like to use in the project.
“I liked it,” Bruce said.
He also said the bridge should be long enough for their purposes and the piers were far enough apart to be placed outside of the river.
Freese and Nichols has put together a proposal for moving the bridge and the project would cost the city $9,800.
Drake said the 4-B Tax Committee would hear from Freese and Nichols, as well as Dewey Ratliff from Bosque County at their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the town hall.
Billy Huckaby, Convention and Visitors Bureau director, addressed the council regarding permits for downtown events.
He said the Downtown Association has traditionally handled permits, but the group is dissolving. A central clearinghouse is needed to help with schedules and to notify the shops on the square.
Huckaby agreed to develop a form to be used at Town Hall for anyone who would like to hold an event on the square.
He also reported that 808 cyclists competed in the Paluxy Pedal on Saturday. With the exception of a few small issues, the event went well.
Huckaby said they are planning on moving the event up by one week next year to avoid conflicts with the UT/OU football game and the high school band contest.