The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 21, 2012

Council says ‘yes’ to DOT plan, ‘no’ to mayor and board raises

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — An agreement has been reached on the part of the city of Albemarle with their involvement in the Albemarle, Badin, New London Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

At Monday’s city council meeting, a public hearing was offered, but no Albemarle residents spoke either in favor or against the city adopting the CTP.

City Council has hosted DOT representatives on multiple occasions, as well as held meetings with either council or administrators from Badin and New London.

Councilman Dexter Townsend wanted to assure as well as notify the public that these plans will not be implemented in the near future.

“Will you kind of tell the general public, this Comprehensive Transportation Plan, how far you are projecting it into the future?” Townsend asks.

“We are projecting 20-30 years in the future. This base year for this (map) is 2010 and the future year is 2035,” DOT project engineer Reuben Crummy responded.

While Albemarle city employees may enjoy a 2.5 percent pay increase next year, the Mayor and city council will not.

The item was brought before council at Monday’s meeting after council approved the pay rate increase for city employees.

It has been prior practice by council that whenever city employees receive an across the board pay increase, city council has the option to apply a pay increase of the same percentage.

“I would be opposed to that,” Councilman Jack Neel said of the motion to disapprove of the resolution for a compensation increase for city council and the mayor. His motion was seconded by Martha Sue Hall. All council members then passed the motion with their vote.

Councilman Ed Under- wood was unable to attend the council meeting after he fell entering City Hall. City Manager Ray Allen said that Underwood remained conscious and seemed to be okay, but was taken to the hospital where he would be examined and possibly receive stitches.