WADLEY - At Monday's meeting of Wadley Town Council, council members discussed the 2021-2022 budget and agreed to pass the budget with some possible minor changes at their meeting in October.
"Our accountant says we are financially solvent, and I think our employees deserve a pay raise," said Mayor Donna McKay. "We need to think about what a family can live on."
Council member Michael Brown agreed saying, "We need to make sure we retain our employees. Wages at other places have gone up, and we need to make sure we don't have anyone leaving us."
After a brief discussion, the council approved a $1 per hour pay increase for all employees with a cap on each position.
Three employees in the police department will remain on straight salary, those being the chief, investigator and sergeant. "This will keep the overtime hours down," said McKay.
In other business, the council:
- Approved a payment of $15,914 to Cleburne County Sheriff's Department for training of an officer now part of Wadley Police Department.
- Approved a donation of $1,000 to Randolph County Commission to help with repairs on a generator at the EMA office.
- Approved a donation of $1,000 to the Cheaha Regional Library Bookmobile.
- Approved a $500 donation to Randolph County Rescue Squad for their work done during the March tornado.
- Heard from McKay the Wadley clinic will begin rapid testing for COVID at the end of the month and will have vaccines soon.
- Approved a transfer of alcohol license from Shad Retail to Wadley International.
- Approved the Halloween Trunk-or-Treat for Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Adopted a proclamation for October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month.