CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council on Thursday approved a $1 an hour raise for all full-time employees.District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers was absent from the meeting. Mayor Mark …
CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council on Thursday approved a $1 an hour raise for all full-time employees.
District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers was absent from the meeting.
Mayor Mark Chambers had requested at the April 26 meeting that Police Chief Eric House have a $2 an hour increase, as House provides his own insurance. That would have put House's salary at $18 an hour. The chief recently completed his six-month probationary period.
City officials said after Thursday's meeting the motion for the $1 an hour raises also includes department heads like House.
The mayor said during the meeting city employees are working hard. "The money they are making is just not enough," he said, saying well-paid, happy employees will perform better on the job. The mayor said after his original recommendation, "we revisited it and decided to give everyone the same thing."
The increase will cost the city $742 a week, City Clerk Nanette Brown said after the meeting, although Mark Chambers added the city had lost a couple of employees recently, so he said the cost should really be unchanged.
In other action, the council:
• The council agreed to allow police officers to attend free training next week for Officer Randy Rutledge from the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy in Mississippi. House said food and lodging is also provided for free while training is underway. "It doesn't cost the city a dime" except for transportation to the site, he said. Rutledge needs 32 hours of training before the end of the year, 24 of which will be provided at the Mississippi training.
• Heard from Fire Chief Buddy Smith that radios need some more repair work, although some recent work also improved them.
• Heard from Street Superintendent Alan May that the pool was recently painted and is ready to fill. Repairs were being made that day on the splash pad. The pool was to be filled by the next week. The pool will be opened on May 26, and will be open for free on Memorial Day. The splash pad will be free throughout the season, except for rentals.
The council also discussed what the hours for the pool should be and details about pool rentals, although city officials agreed to continue discussions later on those matters.
More information on the attractions will be found on the city's website, carbonhill.org, officials said.
The council also agreed to a suggestion from Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron, who once ran the pool, to get a larger sink for the swimming pool concession area, as she said the current one is too small to be effective.
• Held an executive session to discuss the good name and character of an employee.
• Heard District 2 Walker County Commissioner Jeff Burrough thanking the city and its citizens participating in the recent county clean up effort. City officials said that they wish to hold their own clean up day in time.