Whitmire council discusses salary increase for members

By Elyssa Parnell

August 13, 2014

WHITMIRE — Members of Whitmire Town Council decided to go ahead with an ordinance to increase the mayor and council member’s salaries Monday evening at their monthly meeting.

Mayor Billy Hollingsworth told council the ordinance would require two readings and that town council members could not personally give themselves a raise. The raise would go into effect following the November election of two or more new/current council members.

Three seats — Michael Thomas, Dwight Lane and Chrystal Harsha — are up for election in November.

Councilwoman Cassie Fowler asked if there should be a duty description for each council member. Hollingsworth said that they do not set monetary amounts from one council member to another. Currently, council members are paid $100 per month, while the mayor is paid $200.

Harsha said she was happy with where they are currently and that she did not take the position for the money. Fowler and Lane said they would like to think about it. The topic was tabled until next month’s meeting.

With Recreation Director Joey Dillard on vacation, Hollingsworth presented a recreation update to council and said they are still moving ahead with football registration. Hollingsworth said they will probably extend the deadline since more students typically sign up after they return to school.

Reports, financials

For July, the Whitmire Police Department responded to 55 incidents and wrote 69 citations. Some of the department’s calls included burglary, criminal domestic violence, possession of marijuana, vandalism, trespassing and driving under suspension. The department also investigated two wrecks.

The financial report for July showed a beginning balance of $81,200.61 with deposits totalling $64,482.31 and expenditures equalling $89,992.52. The ending balance for July was $55,690.40.

Other updates

Following passage of second reading of the ordinance to sell the old Joe’s Market property on Market Street, Hollingsworth told new owners Marty and Maria Mcmurtury that they could pick up the paperwork at Town Hall. The building was purchased for $200 and the plan is to create a South Carolina bottle and Whitmire history museum.

Last month, Hollingsworth told council that several roofs including the one on the Town Hall Annex building, the rescue squad building, the maintenance shed at Whitmire’s golf course and the American Legion building needed repairs.

Hollingsworth said they are still receiving bids and cannot act yet on the repairs.

“A couple have come in and once they’re all out, we’ll set up something,” Hollingsworth said.

Council also decided Monday that the town would not organize a Pow Wow at this time due to the amount of work and money it would require. Fowler suggested council think about it in another year or two.