asking why Cabot mayor is not city's highest-paid official
the city council on Monday passed a record budget, aldermen wondered
out loud why Mayor Stumbaugh is making $6,000 less than his public works
Leader staff writer
___The Cabot City Council,
on Monday night, unanimously passed a $10.9 million budget for 2005,
about $500,000 more than the 2004 budget. The budget in-cludes $4,000
raises for the mayor and city clerk and a $5,000 raise for the city
___ Those raises are in addition to the
5 percent raises all city employees received this year.
___ Aldermen Eddie Cook and Tom Armstrong,
who served on the budget committee, said in December that it was unseemly
for the mayor to make less than some of the employees he oversees.
___ But even after his hefty pay raise,
Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh still will be paid less than the public works
director, who is paid $60,377 and the city engineer who is paid $54,366.
___ Under the new budget the mayor, city
clerk and city attorney will be paid respectively $53,238, $44,462 and
$60,427. The budget also includes pay raises of $100 a month for the
city's eight council members, bringing their yearly salaries to $5,505.
___ Alderman David Polantz asked for the
increase during the December budget meeting, saying it was getting hard
to find anyone to run for city council and the extra pay might be an
___ The budget also includes the salaries
for three new police officers and three new firefighters.
___ As it was presented to council members
Monday night, the budget contained more than $1.5 million in expenses
in the wastewater and street departments that was not funded. Polantz
asked that the proposed expenditures be included in the budget as the
beginning of a five-year plan for city expenditures.
___ Alderman Armstrong said the column
of figures was confusing and requested that they be taken out. The request
became an amendment that was added to the budget before it was passed.
In other business, the council approved rezoning the site of the Honey
Pot Daycare at 2120 W. Main from R-1 to C-2.
___ Polantz questioned the wisdom of the
rezoning on the side of the street with no other commercial property.
___ The daycare operated in residential
under a special use permit. "The only thing I worry about is when the
commercial jumps the street, the whole thing can go," he said.
___ The vote was not a roll call vote and
Polantz did not speak as it was taken. The council unanimously approved
rezoning property located at 710 N. Second from R-1 to C-2. Once occupied
by Cabot Small Engine, the property will become a bakery shop.
___ The council did not vote on asking
for requests for qualifications for professional engineering services
to identify and correct infiltration and inflow problems with sewer
lines in the city.
___ Instead, the council agreed that the
new public utilities commission should advertise for an engineer.