CAMERON - Cameron city officials could see a significant raise next year if council approves a second reading to increase the financial compensation of the mayor and city council members after elections in May.
Council members unanimously approved a first reading to raise the mayor's pay from $500 to $12,000 a year and the six council members' pay from $100 a year to $2,400 a year during an executive session. Council member Tom Hart was absent at the time of the vote.
According to Mayor Julie Beresford, the mayor and council members' compensation has been the same since the city's charter was established in the 1800s. The pay raise would not go into effect until after elections in May, Beresford said, when the mayor seat and three council seats will be up for election. The city officials' total salary amount of $26,400 a year would be budgeted into the next fiscal year, Beresford said. She did not add whether the money is being taken from expected additional income or from existing funds.
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Cameron city clerk Sheila Cottrell and council member Jack Hart St. review an ordinance at Monday’s council meeting.
"The idea was this was basically a full-time job for the mayor," Beresford said. "So council recommended it be a paid position and the mayor will be compenstated monthly, whoever is elected."
In other business, Beresford also announced the city's 30 percent sewage rate hike was approved by the state and customers will see an increase on their bill beginning Jan. 16. This means sewage customers paying a minimum bill of $30.86 for 2,000 gallons of water a month see an increase of $9.26 on their bill.
Cameron is also preparing for its annual Christmas Parade set for 1 p.m. Saturday where the Cameron High School band and the University High School Marching Band from Morgantown will be marching. The University Band will be led by director Mark Palmer, a former student and band director of Cameron High School. After lunch at 2 p.m. in the former Cameron High School cafeteria, the bands will perform a concert at 4 p.m. in the new Cameron High School auditorium and will be accepting donations at the door.
City residents will also enjoy the traditional Tree Lighting event at 7 p.m. Friday where the Cameron High School choir, directed by Dirk Roe, will perform. The Cameron Senior Center will also provided hot chocolate and cookies at the event.
"The city would like to thank AEP for donating our tree for this year's event and recognize Cameron chorus for doing this every year," Beresford said. "It's a big tradition in our community and it unites our community for the Christmas season."