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Workers get five percent raise



McKenzie’s Town Council came together last Monday night for their monthly meeting. All council members were present.

The town council moved to go into joint session with the water board to discuss employee raises. The joint session approved to give the police officers one week of paid vacation instead of a pay raise. Currently, the police officers in McKenzie do not receive any paid vacation.

The joint session then discussed pay raises for the employees of the town. Last year, the employees received a three percent pay raise.

The motion was made to only give pay raises to full time employees and that the raise would be five percent.

It was passed 4-1, with Becky Lowe voting against the pay raise.

The town council resumed their meeting following joint session. The council approved trick or treating to be on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. for ages 12 and under. There will not be any organized event for trick or treating, just door to door visits. People are encouraged to participate by turning their porch light on and those who do not wish to participate should make sure their porch light is off.

Mayor Lester Odom reported that the town had received grant money to purchase body cameras, vests and car cameras for the town police.

“I appreciate the hard work our police and town clerk, Tina Powell, put into getting this grant,” said Mayor Odom.

The council discussed business licenses for a few different service providers.

“I think we should look out for those in our community who are trying to make a living,” said council member Becky Lowe.

The council approved the decrease in price of three types of business licenses: lawn care from $100 to $60, general contractors from $99 to $65 and tree surgeons from $132 to $65.

Mayor Odom requested tabling the replacement of Melvin Shufford, who passed away recently, on the water board until next month in respect to the Shufford family.

Mayor Odom also reported that he has spoken with the county to get assistance in trimming limbs that are hanging over road ways.

The meeting was adjourned until the October meeting, which will take place on Oct. 3. This will be the last meeting of this council, as the new council will be sworn in at the November meeting.




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