City council meets; mayor, council raises proposed

Franklin City Council members meet today in regular session for July.

Three ordinances for introduction would raise the compensation for mayor and council.

The ordinances would set the pay of the at-large district councilman, who is also mayor pro tempore, at $900 per month.

The four single-member district councilmen would be paid $800 per month.

Their current salaries are $500 per month for both single-member and at-large districts.

The mayor’s salary would be $70,000 per year. Currently the mayor is paid $48,000 per year.

All would take effect for the next term of the mayor and council, if passed.

Recent reports showed that the city’s sales tax collections would be lowered due to population changes from the 2010 census.

An original estimate of $225,000 annual loss was diminished somewhat, Mayor Raymond Harris said Friday.

Harris said sales tax collections for the first half of 2011 exceed the same period in 2010, softening the loss.

He said “if sales taxes stay where they have been through the first six months of this year, we’ll be getting a smaller percentage but of a bigger pie.”

Layoffs and attrition have already eliminated about five positions.

There is another ordinance for introduction waiving occupational licenses for value added produce farmer’s market vendors.

Adoption of ordinances include declaring surplus properties; adopting the reapportionment plan for voting districts, and designating a 15 mph speed limit on Palfrey Street.

Guests include Third Ward Court Marshal David McCoy; Takisha Welch, with Alpha of Charisma; Joseph McDaniel, with High Velocity; Rep. Sam Jones (D-Franklin); and Bill Frey of SweeDee LLC.

Departmental reports include Office of Development Director Marla Chirdon on the upcoming art walk downtown, and on St. Andrew’s UMC ADA work, and Permits and Inspections director Blake Steiner with a variance request for the Crossing Place Fellowship on Northwest Boulevard, an attorney appointment for absentee condemned structure owners and a report on condemned structures.

There will be a resolution up for consideration lifting the open alcohol container law for the art walk on Aug. 13 and another supporting the efforts of St. Mary Community Action Agency to apply for a grant funding source.

Councilman Eugene Foulcard is slated to discuss street overlay projects.

The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Iberia Street.

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