by Lisa Wilbourne
The pay raise for City Council members was the only issue that brought forth discussion on passing the $114 million budget. Unwilling to vote on a pay raise for himself, Councilmember Calvin Mercer said he was concerned that this was not brought up sooner and open to a public hearing.
Councilmember Dennis Mitchell supported the pay raise, praising the council for creating a budget that doesn’t raise the tax rate—“a good thing,” he said, “for people and businesses.”
Joyner declared he was not the right man for the job if the city’s residents didn’t see him as worth an additional $100/month.
All but Mercer voted for the budget with Joyner’s additions.
Council also passed a budget plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year with similar additions from Joyner, including an additional $100,000 for public safety.
Stemming from Councilmember Marion Blackburn’s failed attempt (EDIT: please see comment below for clarification on this matter from Councilmember Blackburn) to include a new floor for the Jaycee Park Auditorium and a paint job for bathrooms at the Aquatics and Fitness Center, at the request of Councilmember Mitchell, Recreation and Parks Director Gary Fenton agreed to create a list prioritizing projects in the $20-50,000 range.
Senior Planner Carl Rees presented three projects the Redevelopment Commission is working on.
Council unanimously approved the use of bond money for the Dickenson Streetscape Project and the 2012-2013 Redevelopment Commission work plan.
In light of the public hearings and possible changes to occupancy standards, Councilmember Marion Blackburn requested a report for the August meeting on the historical reasons the city decided on a definition of family as no more than three-unrelated persons.
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