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BY BO BLACK
ALICEVILLE | Mayor Billy McKinzey and the Aliceville City Council hopes that a
raise for all city employees will help the city keep personnel in the future.
The council approved this action at the Wednesday, Jan. 27 meeting.
“We had a new pay scale,” McKinzey said. “We had some questions and things we got answered these past few weeks. I met
with different department heads, particularly the police department and street
and garbage. We were having problems with folks hiring our people that we
The discussion of the rates was had prior to the council meeting in a work
“I make a motion that we approve them, the rates that we discussed,” Councilman Robert Wilder said.
Councilwoman Marva Gipson seconded the motion. Councilman Richard Hughes spoke
more about the work session discussion following the council meeting.
“What it was, he gave everybody a raise,” Hughes said. “He had said that everybody is probably going to get a $1 raise across the board
and then the department heads are going to be given raises according to years
of service and the different performance that they do.”
In another talk about finances, the mayor inquired about the city’s bill from Alabama Power relating to the city’s charge on Christmas lights this past year. The total amount was $1,342.98.
“I think we need to negotiate on these Christmas lights,” he said. “I don’t think we burn $1,300 worth of Christmas lights for 30 days or whatever it is.”
The mayor said most of the light fixtures are new and probably more efficient
than previous years. The mayor then talked briefly about the importance of the
city watching its finances and managing its money properly, saying he would
soon no longer be mayor.
“Speaking of money, these raises that we gave are going to amount in a good
amount of money in a year’s time,” he began. “For us to be able to live with this down the road, I think we’re going to have to do things like that and things like this, this is the second
thing. You put our monthly check up here (referencing the city clerk) and
normally we get those in the mail. That saves us $2.64. We need to start
thinking and doing things like that to save the city money and not just do
things the way we’ve always done them. I’m saying this because I’m not going to be here but a few more months to talk about the money and I’m telling you, it’s the most important thing the mayor and council do is try to watch and live
within the money we have. If you don’t do that you’ll be in trouble. Thank goodness during my term we’ve been able to do that and stay within it most years, sometimes we had to
borrow money, but this is difficult. Everybody has the impression we’re a government agency and got plenty of money, but it’s no different than your household. We’re limited and we have to watch very carefully.”
Mayor McKinzey complimented Chief Tonnie Jones for the police department staying
“We talked about a bonus for the chief,” he said. “He’s stayed within his budget for the last two years and the police department is
30-something percent of our budget. The police department may be close to 40
(percent). I think he should be rewarded for that. We’re going to check on this with the League, but I think we’re going to work up some kind of performance bonus for him if he stays within
the budget to allow a minimum bonus.”