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WINNSBORO TAKES TOP PRIZE IN STATE WATER CONTEST
The Winnsboro Town Council passed a motion Monday evening to increase its monthly salary by 100 percent.
Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore Rex McCarthy made a motion to raise the board members' monthly stipend from $150 per month to $300 per month and $25 per special meeting beginning July 1.
"We go through a lot for our community," McCarthy said, "and it has been too long since there has been an increase in the compensation for the work we do."
After a roll-call vote, the motion passed 3-2. Voting to pass the motion were Rex McCarthy, John Tucker and Betty Johnson. Voting against the measure were Craig Gill and Richard Mahoney.
Beginning July 1, council members will receive a monthly $300 stipend with an extra $25 per special meeting.
Dogs and cats impounded by the City of Winnsboro will soon be in a new facility equipped with automated watering and feeding systems.
IN THE PHOTO: Winnsboro water plant superintendent Phillip Robinson, left, and general manager Skipper Stinson display plaques received by the city for winning the regional and state annual water taste contest.
Interim Mayor John "Sonny" Dumas updated city council members at their regular meeting Monday evening.
"Changes are being made and it's going to be a much better facility than it was," said Dumas. "We are planning a trip to visit the facilities in Monroe and West Monroe to get some ideas."
Tentative plans for the new shelter include six holding pens and extra space for food and supplies. The entire facility will be enclosed by an exterior fencing.
In other news, the first phase of the city's sewer rehabilitation project is ongoing and will conclude once sewer pipes are replaced. The next phase of the project will be the replacement of the concrete main stations on Bosworth Street and Hwy. 4.
"We've been patching them for a couple of years," Dumas said. "But when they're gone, they're gone and something has to be done."
The Winnsboro Community Center parking lot is complete and plans for the community center are in the final stages. Plans for the relocation of the Winnsboro Airport are currently being reviewed by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and awaiting approval from the FAA.
The City of Winnsboro was the stand-out competitor in the 73rd Annual Water Taste contest held in Bossier City. After placing first in the regional Water Taste Contest, the city moved on to top-off the state competition with a championship.
Water plant superintendent Phillip Robinson and general manager Skipper Stinson, displayed the plaques at the regular meeting of the Winnsboro City Council.