Vinemont council sets pay rates for next administration, talks community food pantry

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The Vinemont Town Council is seen at its February meeting Tuesday evening. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

Updated 2-13-20 8:15 a.m.

VINEMONT, Ala. – The Vinemont Town Council on Tuesday evening set the pay rates for the town’s next administration. Future council members will receive $300 per month, the same as their predecessors. Pay for the next mayor pro tempore also stayed the same, at $550 monthly. The town’s next mayor will be paid $1,400 per month, up from the current mayor’s rate of $1,000 a month.

In addition to base pay, each member of the next administration will receive $100 per month if they attend that month’s council meeting in person. The vote passed 5-1, with Councilwoman Shirley Arnett voting no.

The last time the council approved a change in pay was Feb. 2, 2012.

When voting Tuesday, the council had two ordinances to consider- the one that was approved ($300 for council; $1,400 for mayor and $550 for mayor pro tempore with an additional $100 for attendance), and the other, which would have seen an across the board raise, with council members receiving $400, mayor pro tempore $650 and mayor $1,500, regardless of attendance.

In other business, the council received an update on the planned community food pantry. The council decided to have the pantry located at the Vinemont Community Center at 88 Ridgeway St.

Mayor Radginal Dodson did not name the citizen who is starting the pantry, saying, “They wanted to remain anonymous, but it was started by an individual who saw a need in the community.”

The Vinemont Town Council will meet next March 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Vinemont Town Hall.

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