The Conway City Council was in agreement that city employees should get a little more money in 2010 than they got this year, but aldermen differed on the best way to do it.
The options brought up by the council were to call the proposed 1-percent pay increase a bonus and honor it for one year, or to call it a raise and make it permanent — the point that doing away with it would be called a pay cut.
Six of the eight council members voted to pass an ordinance making it a raise. The two who disagreed, alderman Mark Vaught and Andy Hawkins, preferred a one-time bonus, and Vaught said he would have preferred the bonus to be paid in a lump-sum rather than “stretched out over a year, which nobody even notices.”
In other business, the council voted to approve:
• An ordinance to waive bids to construct a concrete apron at the eastern entrance into the Conway Municipal Airport terminal building hangar;
• New appointments to the Conway Planning Commission, Board of Zoning/Adjustment and Conway Tree Board;
• A resolution approving the 2010 Community Development Block Grant Allocations/Budget;
• A resolution requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place a certified lien on property located at 407 & 411 Donaghey Avenue as a result of incurred expenses by the city;
• An ordinance correcting Ordinance No. O-07-111, the removal of the utility easement between Lot 17 and Lot 18 Lachowsky Subdivision;
• An ordinance to waive bids for the installation of a traffic signal at Donaghey Avenue and Robins Street;
• The disposal of cellular telephone equipment for the city;
• Resolution requiring an audit of accounting records for the city;
• An engagement letter for the Annual Financial Audit;
• And the disposal of certain accounting records for the Finance Department.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)