Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said that good management of resources will allow the city council to give all city employees a 5 percent across-the-board pay raise in next year’s budget. Rogers specified that city employees have done a good job keeping the budgets for their respective departments tight.
“It’s very unusual in this day and time to get that kind of raise, but these people deserve it because they’ve had to manage this city, and it put us in the position that we could do that,” Bailey said. “They get as much credit for it as anything, because they help us manage the City of Cadiz.”
The FY 2011/2012 budget has a total of $4,076,107 in revenue and expenditures. Of that, $2,530,357 would go to the General Fund, $75,000 would go to Municipal Road Aid and $1,470,750 would go to the Water Fund.
Bailey said that all city employees will receive a five percent raise during the new fiscal year, which starts Friday, July 1, if the budget is approved by the city council at a future meeting.
Expenditures in the new budget would include a new car for the Cadiz Police Department and a new sewer truck, flow meters and a line locator for the sewer department, said Rogers.
The city council also had a first reading on an amendment to the FY 2010/2011 budget, which adds $426,537 to the current budget. Rogers said that water sales were up $100,000, that they’re expecting $100,000 sewer grant and that they’re saving about $189,000 in the area of sanitation collection.
There was also slightly less than $30,000 that was already on hand in the Municipal Road Aid, Rogers added.
In the council members comments section, Council Member Frankie Phillips commented on the need for a new shed to story the city’s supply of road salt. “We’ve got that thing propped up by 2x6s, it’s falling down,” he said.
Phillips made a motion to have the city build a new salt shed on the same lot as the current one, While no mention of the potential cost was made, the council passed his motion unanimously.
In other business, Diane Light, administrator of the Cadiz Housing Reconstruction Project, talked to council members about the progress of the project. She said the first four houses in the project have been completed.
“If anybody has time, they should just cruise through the neighborhood, check them out and see where our grant money is going,” Light said. “We’ve got some really good contractors, and I’m real pleased.”
In that vein, the city passed a resolution allowing Council Member Todd King’s grandmother Mary Henderson to receive a new home through the program. King abstained from voting on the resolution that passed by vote of 5 – 0.
The housing rehabilitation project, funded by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), involves the replacement of 12 homes in the area that aren’t up to code, and will be the sixth such project undertaken in Cadiz, said Light.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said Randy Clark, who retired as Trigg County Sheriff on Dec. 31 after serving for 25 years, is joining the CPD as a part-time officer. He said Clark won’t have a specific shift but will be on the streets as needed.
And Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said that the next phase of the city’s sewer project “is still a little bit on hold” but that he’s been told by the contractors that it should still be complete by the May 28 deadline.