Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 30, 2014

Pay raised for Grayson mayor, Council

April 30, 2014 — Pay increases for elected officials, water rates, new purchases and revisions of the personnel policy were the main business at last week's special meeting of Grayson City Council.

In a unanimous vote, the Council approved pay increases for the mayor and the Council members that will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

“By law we can only take up the issue of pay raises during an election year and they don't take effect until the new officials take office next year,” said Mayor George Steele.

Currently, council members receive $300 per month for their service, while the mayor receives $500 per month.

The new pay schedule takes Council members to $400 per month and the mayor to $1,000 per month.

Council approved the second reading of an amendment to the existing water rate ordinance that will allow for consumer price index (CPI) adjustments over the next five years.

Under the revised language, no increase shall be greater than three percent. Additionally, the Smithfield plant and Rattlesnake Ridge Water District will be exempt from CPI increases.

Council also approved the purchase of a new backhoe and a Chevy Silverado truck at a combined cost of $83,000.

Both vehicles will be financed through Commercial Bank over a seven-year term at 2.95 percent interest.

Council discussed of proposed changes in the city's personnel policy, specifically addressing the practice of cashing in unused vacation days.

Currently, employees can cash in up to two weeks per fiscal year but vacation time is accrued based on the calendar year.

Under this schedule, an employee could theoretically cash in up to four weeks of vacation in a fiscal year.

City Attorney Reid Glass advised the Council to review the policy in full before May's regular meeting so that all changes can be implemented before the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Grayson City Council will hold its next regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the city building.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

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