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April 1, 2014

Grayson council approves 2015 raises

Salary increases begin in January 2015 for members, mayor

GRAYSON — Salaries for the next elected city council and mayor will be increased starting next year after the Grayson City Council approved the adjustment at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

At the end of each election cycle, councils are able to either approve or disapprove a raise for these government positions for incoming members.

This year, the council unanimously agreed to raise the yearly income of council members to $4,800 and the yearly income of the mayor to $12,000, to be paid in equal amounts each month.

The start date for new salaries will be Jan. 1, 2015, and will only apply to those elected to the council or mayor position in November.

During departmental reports, Grayson Police Chief Kevin McDavid requested the repeater receiver on the radio tower be replaced in order for communication between police and dispatch to be more effective.

McDavid said during a “somewhat serious” domestic call last week, an officer was unable to communicate with dispatching services.

After inspecting the tower which transmits the police, fire and utility department radio signals on Sunset Hill, McDavid discovered the repeater receiver was melted.

He said he believes it was damaged after being struck by lightening last year and replacement could help fix the problem.

“I think a new repeater will help improve the situation 100 percent,” he said, adding that there are still additional problems to consider, with the tower being too short and antennas placed too close together.

The council unanimously approved a measure to purchase a new receiver and further review the other problems. McDavid said police may need to temporarily share a channel with the fire department until it is fixed.

In other business, the council approved the second reading of an amended budget for city government that totaled $2,522,206. Steele said the amendments were made in order to help balance the budget by June when a new one would be created.

Steele said the council will have a special meeting at 5 p.m.  April 22 for the council to read over an amended personnel policy, in which City Attorney Reid Glass will be cutting unecessary jargon, creating a more concise handbook for city employees.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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