City increases mayor’s salary

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Lewisburg City Council faced a light agenda at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 10.

The office of mayor will see a salary increase.

The mayor’s compensation has remained at $150 per month since 1961. The city’s compensation committee recommended an increase to $850 per month based on the salaries paid by comparable cities in the region.

Councilman Jerry Gordon had amended the resolution at the work session to phase in the increase over three years.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Gordon withdrew the amendment, allowing the entire increase to go into effect as of Sept. 1.

The measure passed unanimously.

The council approved an application from the police department to the United States Department of Agriculture for a package of grants and loans for the purchase of two new vehicles for the department.

They also approved the purchase of two additional vehicles from drug fund revenues.

Mayor Jim Bingham also touched on the replacement of the East Church Street bridge over Rock Creek between City Hall and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

That bridge is the lowest ranked bridge, as far as its condition, in the county by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, according to the mayor.

Bingham said that TDOT will replace the bridge, at an estimated cost of more than $2.1 million, with a cost to the city of no more than $8,536.

The city received the contract for the project from the state earlier in the day.

Councilmen approved the contract unanimously.

The mayor also announced the resolution designating July 28 as Jones Davis Day in the city of Lewisburg.

Davis celebrates his 100th birthday on July 25 and is the county’s oldest veteran of World War II.