Jonesboro City Council busy during special called meeting

Council votes for new employee position, repair to city hall, employee bonuses

JONESBORO — City hall is getting a little moldy.

For several years, the building has dealt with crawlspace water creating a mold problem under the building.

“We’ve got to make it safe for employees,” said Councilman Bobby Wiggins.

After reviewing bids, including one for more than $27,000, council voted to hire Total Maintenance Group Inc. for $12,675 to alleviate the water and mold problem.

Employee bonus

In other action, council voted to award a $2,500 bonus to three city hall employees.

Initially, a $5 per hour raise was requested until new employees are hired, retroactive to April 1, 2014.

“These people deserve some kind of raise,” said Mayor Joy Day. “They have been carrying someone else’s workload for more than a year.”

Day said nobody asked for the raise, but felt it was “the right thing to do.”

“They’re working with three people and we need about six people,” Day said.

However, Councilman Jack Bruce said it would be “mighty hard to take away $5 after new people are hired.”

Councilman Billy Powell suggested to award a bonus instead of the per hour raise.

Councilman Bobby Wiggins was opposed to awarding any bonus or raise. He said there would be problems with other city employees who don’t receive anything. Wiggins instead suggested that salaries be looked at.

New hire

During Thursday’s special called meeting, city council also voted to hire an executive assistant/development director at city hall.

According to a job description put together by Day, the position would be responsible for providing general administrative support to the city administrator and or mayor in all areas of city development.

Day suggested the salary be somewhere around $50,000.

Discussion surrounding the position included postponing the hiring of an executive assistant until a city administrator is hired.

“It would be nice if the city administrator could choose who he’s working with,” said Powell.

However, Day said they needed someone immediately.

“We’re drowning at City Hall,” Day said.