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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Highlights of the business discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:

-Salary increases for council members, the mayor and the clerk/treasurer

The council approved Ordinance 40-2005, increasing the salaries of Mayor Tom Arthur and Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Webster by 10 percent. The measure was passed by a vote of 4-2, with council members James Sheese and Pat Heffner voting against the ordinance.

Under the ordinance, Arthur's will be paid $29,700 in 2006, up from $27,000 in 2005. Webster's 2006 salary will increase to $27,500, up from $25,000 in 2005.

Sheese said a 10 percent increase exceeded the pay adjustment for other city employees,but Councilman Pat Heffner noted that the mayor has not received a pay increase in several years.

"That 10 percent isn't really out of line, if it's been three years (since the last raise)," she said.

Councilman Bill Lovett agreed, citing the similarity between the pay earned by Mayor Arthur and Kroger cashiers. He said the responsibilities attached to the office of mayor warranted the increase.

Ordinance 41-2005, which would have granted a salary increase to individual council members, died when a motion for approval was not seconded.

-The Brazil City Police Department's efforts to enforce seatbelt laws

Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk reported the department had received a grant from the state in the amount of $2,740 for the enforcement of the "Click-it-or-Ticket" seatbelt law enforcement effort. Money from the grant will directed toward overtime pay for officers participating in "Operation Pullover."

Loudermilk said the first-time grant, derived from federal money administrated at the state level, could increase over time, and that he would apply for a larger amount next year.



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