Mayor Bowman does not seek re-election

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Lake City Council met at 6:30 p.m. June 19, and worked through a short agenda consisting of zoning regulations, reinstatement of fireman, and setting salary for new mayor.

Henry Stone addressed the council concerning his plans to build an apartment complex on his property west of town. The council determined that the site of the proposed apartments is already zoned R3, allowing such construction. Mayor Jerry Bowman recommended that a 6 foot privacy fence be constructed between the apartments and the other residential properties.

Mitchell Boatman was reinstated as a volunteer fireman.

Mayor Bowman announced he will not be seeing another term as the city's chief executive officer. Discussion was held on salary for incoming mayor. Bowman currently is paid $36,000, but recommended that the starting salary for the new mayor be set at $30,000.

The council went into executive session to discuss the issue.

In open session the council continued to discuss the mayoral salary.

"We need to comprise in this," Alderman Bill Reeves said. "Why don't we pay the new mayor $32,000."

Reeves made the suggestion into the form of a motion. The vote was 3-1 for the motion, with two councilmen abstaining. Reeves, Carolyn Caldwell, and Tommy Eakins voted for the $32,000 amount. Mark Mann voted against it. Doug Stone and Randy Blancett abstained from voting, as they are both mayoral candidates.

"This doesn't pass, as it takes a majority of 4 votes for it to pass," Recorder Diane Crews said. "This is according to our Municipal League handbook. It has to be a majority of aldermen, which would be 4 votes, for it to pass."

"I think it should be left at $36,000 because the new mayor will have to work twice as hard to learn the responsibilities and even stay here after hours to do it," Mann said.

"I have never heard of someone starting out in the current salary," Bowman said.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. July 17, at city hall.

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