Monday Council Meeting Includes Increasing Compensation For Councilmembers

The Greensboro Metropolis Council is assembly on Monday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. within the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber, as an alternative of assembly on its common assembly day, which is Tuesday.

The rationale the Metropolis Council assembly was moved to Monday Nov. 6 is as a result of Tuesday, Nov. 7 is an election day. Nevertheless, it’s not an election day for residents of Greensboro.  Up till 2017, the mayor and members of the Metropolis Council have been elected to two-year phrases, however in 2017 the phrases have been modified to 4 years, so there’s not an election in Greensboro this yr.  The following Greensboro municipal election will likely be in 2025.

The primary council assembly of the month has a brief enterprise agenda and is primarily reserved for the one public discussion board the Metropolis Council holds every month. The final two public boards have resulted in audio system being banned from the chamber for 3 months. In September, Mayor Nancy Vaughan ordered that Luis Medina be faraway from the assembly for being disruptive. Medina’s explicit offense was violently slapping the microphone when he completed talking.

In line with Metropolis Council coverage, when somebody is faraway from a council assembly for being disruptive, they’re banned from personally attending council conferences for 3 months.  They could, nevertheless, take part by telephone or through Zoom.

On the October assembly, about 10 individuals have been faraway from the assembly for chanting and shouting in protest of Medina being banned. Not less than two of these 10, Billy Belcher and Del Stone, have been banned for 3 months.  All three say they’re members of the Working Class and Houseless Organizing Alliance and are common audio system at Metropolis Council public boards.

One merchandise on the overall enterprise agenda for the Nov. 6 assembly cleans up some points relating to compensation for the mayor and metropolis councilmembers brought on by the town switching from paying workers semimonthly to biweekly, and will increase their complete compensation.   In line with the ordinance, the mayor will likely be paid $29,734 a yr plus a automotive allowance of $4,200. The mayor professional tem will likely be paid $23,365 a yr plus a automotive allowance of $3,600, and councilmembers will likely be paid $22,809 a yr plus a automotive allowance of $3,000.

The ordinance additionally establishes that the mayor and councilmembers might enroll eligible dependents within the metropolis’s medical and dental plans.  In line with the agenda this has been a longstanding apply however was not established by ordinance.

The ordinance additionally states that the town will contribute 3.25 of every councilmember’s wage to the 401(a) deferred compensation plan and that councilmembers are eligible to take part within the 457(b) deferred compensation plan.

The ordinance additionally establishes that the mayor and metropolis councilmembers will obtain a elevate every time the adopted funds features a benefit elevate for metropolis workers. The elevate for metropolis councilmembers is capped at 1.5 % and will not exceed 50 % of the benefit elevate for metropolis workers.

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