DUNBAR, W.Va.-- Certain Dunbar elected officials will see a pay hike next year thanks to city council members approving a raise for them Monday night.
The measure was approved unanimously, sans the vote of Councilman Bill Dunlap, who was absent from the regular meeting.
The raises are not for anyone currently in office, Mayor Jack Yeager said. They will take effect when a newly elected mayor and council members take office July 1, 2013.
The combined mayor and city manager position currently pays $38,000 per year, and that will be raised to $41,000, Yeager said. The city clerk will be paid $39,000, which is an increase from $36,000. Ross Harrison currently holds that seat.
The council president will receive $100 per meeting, which is a $25 increase from the $75 Council President Gail Harper currently receives. Other council members' pay is $75 per meeting, and that pay rate will remain the same.
Yeager said the city could afford the extra $6,600 per year this will cost, and those in these positions have not had a pay raise since 2005. He noted every city worker has received a pay raise this year, but he had no figure available as to what the combined cost of those raises would be.
In other business:
* Council members approved a three-year contract with city police officers. It includes removing the cap from longevity pay increases, Yeager said. The city used to cap longevity pay increases at 25 years, but it will no longer do so. The city will also give officers three sets of uniforms. The Fraternal Order of Police did not have to make any concessions.
* Yeager informed council that the city's Streetscape Project is under design and should be completed soon. The Riverboat-themed project's first phase will have construction of new sidewalks, benches, light poles, and landscaping from Dunbar to Grosscup avenues.
The second will make improvements down Dunbar Avenue to 14th Street. The final phase will do the same going under the toll bridge from Grosscup, to 16th Street. The combined project cost is $750,000.
"In the next three years, the whole image of downtown Dunbar will change," Yeager said.
* Harrison announced filing dates for next year's mayoral and council candidates. The dates run from Jan. 2-12 in 2013. Filing will take place in the city clerk's office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
The filing fees are $50 for the mayor's race, $10 for council seats, and $2 for committee seats. The primary election is scheduled for March 30, and the general election is scheduled for June 4.