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Council to review Tuskegee employees' pay

The Tuskegee News of Tuskegee, Alabama

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The Tuskegee City Council is considering reinstating a portion or all of employees' pay that was cut 15 percent as part of a Cost Reduction Plan.

During its regular Jan. 10 meeting, the council instructed Finance Director Harvey Smith to prepare a report assessing the city's pay schedule dealing with the reduction plan that has been in place for a couple of years.

The plan was put in place to deal with a strained local economy. The report will break down a possible pay reinstatement scale of 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent.

The council is then expected to decide if any portion of the previous pay decrease can be restored.

In other business:

The council is proposing to start work sessions prior to regular council meetings from 5 to 5:30 p.m. to allow time for citizen comments. Consideration is being given by the council to requiring comments from the public be in writing. Regular council meetings begin at 6 p.m., following work sessions.

The council is considering the change because so much time in regular council meetings is devoted to citizens" communications that it creates rather lengthy meetings.

In other business:

The council agreed to collaborate with Tuskegee University for the HBCU National Conference, which is to be held April 1821, The conference is a networking opportunity for the 117 Historical Black Colleges and Universities to continue to show their importance in America and to the black community

At Large Council member Tony Hay good requested a written report of the items discussed with Al Davis during the two day exit interview with the city manger who served eight years through Dec. 31, 2012. His contract was not renewed. Davis presented the council with his accumulated leave time, which totaled $48,000. The matter of Davis' leave time will be considered at a future council meeting.

The city entered into another contract with Golden Eagle Aviation as the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Moton Field, the city's airport. Golden Eagle will pay $750 monthly to lease and operate the new terminal at Moton Field. The contract for the ground lease, which is a much larger amount, has not been completed.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Gautier Street, Southmont Drive, Church Street and Highland Hill Street had to be rebid. Only one bidder responded to the initial request for bids. The three projects will be rebid to allow more contractors to be able to bid on different parts of the project.

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Original Publication Date: January 17, 2013

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