By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News
Warrior City Council members voted Monday night to give the city’s next governing body higher pay.
When the new council and mayor are elected, or re-elected, in August, the mayor will receive a salary of $1,000 a month. Mayor Rena Hudson currently receives $500 a month.
Council members will receive $100 for each meeting they attend, up from the current pay of $25 a meeting.
Previously, the mayor pro tem received the same salary as other council members. The council voted for the mayor pro tem to receive $125 per meeting.
The Rev. Theodore Hines serves as the current mayor pro tem. A member of the council, the mayor pro tem fills in for the mayor when she is temporarily unavailable to serve.
The Warrior City Council has two regularly-scheduled meetings a month and an average of six special-called meetings a year.
Also Monday night, the city council denied an application for a business license.
Amvet Post 51, of Warrior, requested a business license to host charity bingo games that paid cash prizes.
“We don’t want bingo in Warrior,” said council member Johnny Ragland during the pre-council session.
In other business, the council:
• renewed a business license contract with AlaTax. The city will pay $7.95 for each business license that AlaTax processes.
• read a resolution honoring the six people who died and those injured at the recent city council shooting in Kirkwood, Miss. Mayor Rena Hudson asked the clerk to forward the resolution to the city of Kirkwood.
• heard from council member Jimmy Jett of the parks, recreation and education committee that the football field press box needs a new set of stairs; the girls’ softball field needs dirt; and the locks at the former National Guard armory need to be changed. He will check on prices for the projects and report back to the council.
Jett also wants to send a letter to Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins requesting funds for three new picnic tables at Warrior Park.
By Melanie Patterson