Mayor says 'no' to larger pay raise

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Greencastle City Council members may have a desire to give the mayor and city-clerk treasurer bigger pay raises next year, but they're going to have a hard time convincing the city's leading ladies to accept them.

On Tuesday night, Councilman Adam Cohen suggested giving Mayor Sue Murray and Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Glenn more than the suggested $1,200 raise next year. The other council members seemed to support the idea but backed off when the mayor herself advised against it, given the current finances of the city.

"I understand the sentiment and I agree, but we are moving into uncharted territory," Murray said referring to the tight budgets that are occurring due to the lateness in property tax bills again this year. "I would think it would be prudent for us not to look at any changes right now."

Councilman John Lanie said he would like to see the mayor and clerk-treasurer receive 5-percent raises.

Last year, the council approved a $1,200 flat raise for both the mayor and the clerk-treasurer, which calculates to less than a 3-percent raise. The council itself waived its own pay raise, which was suggested again Tuesday night by Councilor Smith.

Despite their feelings of goodwill, council members seemed to agree that anything beyond the $1,200 flat raise wouldn't be wise at this time.

The ordinance governing the salaries of the mayor, clerk and council will be presented in a first draft at the council's November meeting with a final draft set for approval in December.

According to the ordinance approved by the council last year, effective this year, the mayor's annual salary stands at $47,600; followed by the clerk-treasurer at $47,023 and the council members at $4,878 apiece.

In other business, the council:

* Learned that the Greencastle Fire Department received a grant of $102,295 from the state Homeland Security Dept. to add a flashover chamber and car fire training area to the county training facility, located behind the county highway department. Fire Chief Bill Newgent said the training facility is not strictly for GFD but is used by all county fire departments and fire departments in the eight-county district.

* Learned that Shoe Sensation has pulled permits to begin work on its new store, located in Putnam Plaza near Peebles and Sears.

* Learned that the Kork and Keg liquor store has requested permits to begin moving into its new location next door, in College Corner mall. The old store will be demolished.

* Learned that Sonic has cleared the permit process and is nearing the start of construction of its new restaurant at Putnam Plaza.

* Learned that leaf pick-up for the city will begin on Nov. 3 and continue, following trash routes as much as possible, through the end of the month.

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  • So much for Shoe Sensation! Too bad too, I would liked to have seen another business compete with Sprawl-Mart in this town.

    -- Posted by LangdonUlger on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:18 AM
  • When they say they "pulled permits" that means they have acquired the permits. The way it is worded makes it sound like they are stopping their plans, but they are actually moving forward.

    -- Posted by VolunteerFF on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:36 AM
  • Not that this really has much to do with the topic mentioned above, but... If the city of Greencastle would adopt a new zoning ordinance (it needs to be way stricter in my opinon) and enforce building permit regulations stricter then maybe more income would generate in this county. I have heard so many county citizens say "I didn't get a permit, it's not like they would inspect it anyway." Plus... then when I drive down my road I wouldn't have to see crap all over peoples yards bringing down the property values in my area.

    -- Posted by greencastlemomof2 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:05 AM
  • I don't think when most of our local factory's (Dixie Chopper for one)have wage freezes the politions should not be getting fat cash. I wish I made $40,000/ a year. Not many jobs with that salary in Greencastle. I hope they stick to their guns and deny the raises.

    -- Posted by tjchopper on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:37 PM

    -- Posted by Michele1953 on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 4:08 PM
  • Isnt Steak and Shake shutting stores down as well? Its time for a change and we need something different. I'm tired of the same thing over and over.

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 8:10 AM
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