The Brandenburg City Council revisited and discussed and finally approved a salary increase for the position of mayor during their regular monthly meeting Monday (2/12) night.
The topic was first visited during their January meeting which resulted in the council asking for a survey of mayor salaries in the surrounding area for comparison purposes. At Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Ronnie Joyner stated that the salary increase would be active for the next mayoral term which would begin on January 1, 2019. He suggested to raise the monthly salary from $800 to $2,000. After a brief discussion, Councilwoman Patsy Lusk made a motion to increase the salary to $1,250, which was seconded by Councilman Brice Fackler. The motion failed on a 3 to 2 vote. After further discussion, Councilman Bryan Claycomb made a motion to increase the salary to $1,500, which passed on a 3 to 2 vote. Councilman Chris Hulsey was absent from the meeting.
In other business, the council reviewed a report on the 2017 Christmas By The River event which visited 12,943 times during the multi week event. Savings from the use of LED bulbs were noted in expense for electricity used as the bill was $821 down from an average bill of $1,400 to $2,000 in previous years. This year’s donations were up by $709 over last year.
Mayor Joyner welcomed Rachel Brown as the new City Attorney. City Clerk Amy Haynes reported to the council that her staff has been training working on a new city website which expected to be launched near March 1. The new site will allow water customers to pay their bills online along with reserving pavilions and RV spaces in the Riverfront Park.
Mayor Joyner reported that the RV park is hopeful to ready by April 1st and work has begun on the new city water tower just off of Lawrence Street.
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