Ordinances raising salaries of mayor, council introduced
Ordinances on proposed raises for the mayor and city council were introduced Tuesday without comment.
Introduction of an ordinance is a first step in adoption. They will lay over for about 30 days, until the August council meeting, and then be voted on.
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.
Also Tuesday, Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois said the city’s First Call alert system has had 40 new registrations since it was set up to accept cell phone numbers. “They need to continue to register, they can do it on the city’s web site or they can come by the fire department, fill out the paper work and we’ll do it for them,” Bourgeois said.
The system will, in the event of an emergency, make automatic telephone calls, send email and text messages, to residents.
Bourgeois also said a smoke detector program has begun. Applications can be filled out at the fire department, and qualifiers will get smoke detectors that the fire department will install free of charge.
The chief is also seeking funding to install another siren system at the substation on Iberia Street to cover the whole city when an alert is issued.
Several citizens and civic groups also appeared before the council Tuesday.
Takisha Welch, Alpha of Charisma group, and Joseph McDaniel, High Velocity group, asked the council for $500 to support their endeavors supplying school backpacks and other supplies to local students. A drive will be held on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. where donations can be made.
They have already made donations to the Franklin High School Booster Club and nursing home and much more, Welch said.
Alfreida Edwards announced “National Night Out”, set for Aug. 2, at Pecot Park.
It is designed to bring awareness of crime within communities, Edwards said. Local citizens join forces with law enforcement to unite against crime in communities, she said. Franklin police, fire department, sheriff’s office, marshal’s office and more will be on hand.
The public is invited.
Sarah Hines, who represented a group of concerned citizens regarding the condition of City Park, thanked the mayor and council for beginning repairs to the playground equipment and benches.
Harris thanked her for bringing the matter to his attention.
Hines said while the repairs were appreciated, she wondered if any long-term plans were on tap. She presented photos to the mayor of more problems that need to be addressed of various kinds.
Harris said after the summer season, when the recreation department is at its busiest, plans will be made for the park.
Julia Castle, Community Relations Manager of the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization created by BP America, told the city council that she is community liaison for St. Mary, Iberia, Vermilion and Cameron parishes.
Castle said she does not work with claims, but passed on information on the subject.
In St. Mary Parish, individuals and businesses filed 1,639 claims, with payouts of more than $31,368,000.