Council compensation, gas franchise discussed at Monday meeting

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An ordinance allowing compensation for council members received second reading approval and first approval of a gas franchise ordinance was provided during a regular meeting of the Salyersville City Council Monday night.
The compensation ordinance, passed by a 3-2 vote, will allow council members to be paid $100 per regular meeting attended and $50 per special meeting attended.

It is the first time the City of Salyersville has cleared the way for payment for council member service.

Councilmen Kenneth Williams, Tom Bailey, and Belsey Connelley supported the ordinance while Jeff Ross and Charles Basham voted no. Tex Holbrook was absent from the meeting.

The gas franchise ordinance is non-exclusive and city officials are hoping it will create competition within the city and lead to lower gas prices for local customers.
The ordinance, which will require a second reading and approval, calls for a five year deal, requires a $1 per meter per year, and a three percent gross receipts charge to be paid by the companies to the city.
In other regular agenda business, council members agreed to pay bills owed to Big Sandy Area Development District and approved Big Sandy ADD as administrator of an upcoming new sidewalk project.
The council also agreed to pay regular bills with Jeff Ross again reminding city officials he was still not receiving copies of the bills as had been requested.

Kevin Howard, with Summit Engineers, told the council that the current water line replacement project “is progressing well” and added that some money for additional line replacement could remain when the current phase is completed.

Council members also accepted bids on a city hall renovation project from low bidder Don Chambers Construction.
In a final matter, attorney Jeff Lovely discussed tax dollars paid by Double Quick/BP with employees who have claimed they shouldn’t have been paying the tax since they work outside the city limits.
Lovely agreed with those attending the meeting, saying the tax money “should not have been taken out in the first place.”
Lovely instructed the employees to contact their business’s corporate office, which should in turn contact the city to initiate the return of the funds.
The employees also received support from Councilman Ross, who has spearheaded the effort to get the out-of-city-limits taxes returned.
“We will get to the bottom of it and get your money back,” Ross said.
Councilman Ross also mentioned employees of Family Dollar Store and Dollar General Store on Highway 114 who may be in a similar situation.