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|Mayor gets pay raise|
When Mayor-elect Jackie Johnson is sworn into office July 1, he will be paid $5,000 more annually than his predecessor received.
That's the case because the city council unanimously voted Monday night to raise the mayor's salary to $30,200 from $25,200 for the fiscal year July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. The council acted on the matter during its regular meeting.
Johnson, who has advocated for some time that the mayor of Winnsboro should be paid more than $25,200 per year, attended Monday's city council meeting. He said he did not expect the city council to tackle the pay issue at Monday's meeting.
"I did not have any discussions with anyone and actually had no knowledge that it was going to happen -I'm very surprised," Johnson said.
Raising the mayor's salary was first discussed at a special-called meeting of the city council Wednesday, June 16. The Franklin Sun was not notified about the special-called meeting, though city officials say the public was properly notified about it. Johnson said he did not attend the special-called meeting.
Winnsboro Interim-Mayor John "Sonny" Dumas Jr., requested that the city's 2010-2011 fiscal year budget be amended to include a pay raise for the mayor. He said it was time to raise the mayor's salary, which has remained the same since the 1990s.
The pay hike for the mayor was not the first pay raise recently approved by the city council.
Councilmen voted to double their monthly stipend-from $150 to $300 plus $25 per special meeting-in April.
The council's pay raise, which becomes effective July 1, was supported by Johnson.
In other business, the city council learned that renovations to the Old Post Office Museum in downtown Winnsboro are nearly complete, according to Kay LaFrance-Knight, Main Street Manager. Knight requested a 25-year lease on the property, which will serve as a visitor's information center as well as a museum.
"We're very close to moving in," said Knight. "Our target date for completion is Aug. 2."
Councilmen passed a motion to authorize Dumas to lease the post office building on Prairie Street for 25 years.
The Jack Hammons Community Center is a little closer to becoming a reality as council members adopted two resolutions to fund the project, which was spearheaded by the late Mayor Jack Hammons.
Council members adopted a resolution for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities grant in the amount of $49,500 and a loan amount of $40,000 secured with revenue bonds. The resolution authorizes Dumas to execute all necessary documents related to the community center project.
Dumas introduced an ordinance for the incurring of debt on the community center project.
"This is only an introduction at this particular time," Dumas said. "The measure will be finalized at the next meeting."
In other news, councilmen accepted the following resolutions without objection:
* To designate The Franklin Sun as the Official Journal for fiscal year 2010-2011.
* To designate Citizens Progressive Bank, Franklin State Bank, Progressive Bank and Winnsboro State Bank as fiscal agents for the city of Winnsboro for 2010-2011.