Milton officials to get raises

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Mayor, commissioners pay boost takes effect Jan. 1

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner   Milton City Commission voted in a special meeting Monday, May 3, to raise salaries for the mayor and commissioners offices. The raises will go into effect Jan. 1, following November’s General Election, when all five offices are on the ballot. Commissioner Gerald Owen raised the issue of raising the mayor’s salary last month. Currently, the mayor and all four commissioners receive $200 a month for attending meetings and tending to other duties associated with the commission. The measure raises the mayor’s salary to $425 a month and commissioners salaries to $225 a month each. The motion passed by a 2-1 vote, with Mayor Denny Jackson casting the dissenting vote. Commissioners Owen and Jerry Harmon voted in favor. Commissioners Steve Brierly and Lori Jameson were not present for the vote. City Clerk Shannon Hoskins said Tuesday that she doesn’t recall the mayor’s position getting a raise in the 10 years she’s worked for the city. In that time, she said, the commissioners received one $25 raise, from $175 to $200. Also at Monday’s meeting, the commission held a workshop on proposals for the 2010-11 city budget. Hoskins said she has proposed the city spend $20,000 to replace the truck used for plowing snow and salting roads in the winter. She said the flatbed and undercarriage of the truck now being used (which is more than 20 years old) is rusting, as is the plow. The truck also has required several repairs recently, including replacement of the water pump. Funding to buy a replacement truck, she said, was pulled from the city’s road fund, water fund and general fund. Also in the proposed budget is funding to have the city water tower cleaned and inspected, as well as $20,000 for asphalt to pave roads. The public is encouraged to attend a hearing at 1 p.m. Monday, May 10, at city hall to help determine which roads should be paved with the funding. The first reading of the 2010-11 budget is set for the regular meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13.