Berryville City Council: Ordinance sets city attorney’s salary at $24,000

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Berryville City Council set the city attorney’s salary at its Tuesday meeting.

The council voted to pass Ordinance 1027 to set a salary that adequately compensates the city attorney of Berryville. The ordinance states that the salary for the city attorney of Berryville is set at $24,000 per year, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

The council voted to suspend the rules and pass the ordinance on its second and third readings by title only so that the new salary would be reflected in the next scheduled pay period.

Clint Scheel serves as the city attorney for Berryville.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to pass Ordinance 1026, which added the city treasurer as an authorized party to sign construction fund requisitions.

The city of Berryville issued its sales and use tax bonds on Oct. 10, 2017, the ordinance says, and proceeds of the bonds have been deposited into five special construction funds. It says the funds are being held by Regions Bank, the trustee for the bonds.

The ordinance states that the city council has determined that it is in the best interest of the city for the city treasurer to be added as an authorized party to sign construction fund requisitions.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the ordinance was primarily a bookkeeping measure.

Assistant to the mayor Jay Lee said that initially

only the mayor and the city clerk, Leonda Davis, were authorized to sign construction fund requisitions.

“Since Leonda has a full-time job, we thought it would be best if we put [city treasurer] Sally Phillips in there as well to speed up the process,” Lee said.

The council voted to adopt an emergency clause in order to pass the ordinance on all three readings. The emergency clause states that the improvements being financed with proceeds of the bonds are immediately needed for the preservation of public peace, health and safety and to remove existing hazards. Since such improvements cannot be accomplished without efficient procedures for disbursing proceeds from the construction funds, it says, an emergency is declared to exist.

The council also voted to approve Ordinance 1025, which rezones a parcel of real property located at the west end of Hammons Avenue, on its second and third readings.

A petition was filed by Dan and Lori Johnston, the ordinance says, requesting a zone reclassification of the property from R-1 single family residential to R-3 multi-family residential. A public hearing was held by the Berryville Board of Zoning Adjustment on Nov. 14, 2017, the ordinance says, and the board decided by a unanimous vote to recommend that the city council approve the rezoning request.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at City Hall.

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