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Pay Raise for Lyons Council
Thursday, 07 February 2013

February 7--  Members of the Lyons City Council will get a pay raise next year.

Mayor Willis NeSmith says the increase from $150 to $300 a month is long overdue and will bring the pay of Lyons councilmembers closer to what towns of similar size are paying.  The mayor is paid $500 a month and is not getting a raise.  The increase takes effect January 1, 2014.

Three seats on the city council are up for election November 5.  Candidates who wish to qualify for the first, second or fourth ward seats can pay a qualifying fee of $54 during the qualifying period which opens August 26 and closes August 30.

Mayor NeSmith told the council at its Tuesday night meeting that 13 applications have been received so far for the vacant city manager's job.  Applications will close the end of February.

Meanwhile, the council has a called meeting Monday, February 11th at seven p.m. to discuss changes to the city charter which are needed to implement a city manager form of government in Lyons.  Local legislation by the Georgia General Assembly will be sought during the current term to make the change.

The price of city employee health insurance is going up 1.6% this year, according to Mayor NeSmith, and will cost nearly $395 per employee each month with Blue Cross-Blue Shield and agent Al Lewis.  

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