“Cindy needs help,” council member Donnie Burns said.
Mayor Pro Tem Betty Sanders agreed, telling the council that Vines is handling her day-to-day duties well, but that leaves her little time to recreate the financial records that were not updated by her predecessor.
The council discussed possibly bringing in a part-time, temporary person to assist Vines with clerical duties so she can focus on the records. The council will consider creating the position at the next regular council meeting on July 17.
The council also revisited the idea of raises for city employees, but once again tabled the matter because they have not received the updated financials.
“Everyone in the city needs and deserves a raise,” council member Kristie Tuggle said. “We have 16 to 18 months of financials that have not been reconciled. We still do not have a complete financial picture.”
Only Nick Isbell voted against tabling the raise issue again. The council set a tentative workday for Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m.
Several council members expressed frustration at having the issue of raises brought up again when they still have not received the final financial records.
“I don’t want to see a 2 percent raise,” Tuggle said. “They deserve more, but we have to do our due diligence to make a good financial decision.”
Mayor Chris Edwards said he would keep bringing up the raises, but praised the work of the council for getting the city to the point of being able to consider the raises.
“It’s because of the work we’ve done and you’ve done as a council that we can talk about this now,” Edwards said.
In other business:
• The council heard that the golf course has seen a slight decrease in business over the last week, due to the extreme heat. They have also been working to keep the course in shape during the temperatures and drought conditions.
• The council heard that the Dora jail is remaining filled almost to capacity. A program has been started, allowing some inmates to work off their debt with the city’s understaffed street department. These inmates provide labor under the supervision of the street department and earn approximately $8 credit per hour toward their fines.
• Police Chief John Duchock told the council that his department made 30 arrests on felony warrants in the month of June. They also served 54 misdemeanor warrants.
The department also made six arrests on driving under the influence and public intoxication. As in previous months, those arrests were for prescription drugs rather than alcohol.