The Pryor Times

October 11, 2013

Pryor budget committee approves more raises

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — Pryor's Budget Committee approved a six percent raise for part-time city employees at Monday’s meeting.

All part-time city employees, the planning and zoning secretary, assistant treasurer, city attorney, two city prosecutors, two judges and part-time Peoplelink employees were approved for the raise.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel said an ordinance is in place stipulating that should an across-the-board pay raise be given, as was done when the budget for this year was approved, part-time employees would receive the same raise. Tramel said it was an oversight on his part that caused these employees' wage increases not to be approved at the same time. He said there are about 10 part-time city employees.

Similarly the golf director, Austin Bowman, was approved for a six percent raise retroactive to the first pay period of July. Bowman was not included in the orginal increase as his position is technically outside the pay plan.

The budget committee also approved the reallocation of Hotel/Motel Grant funds. Pryor Chamber of Commerce promotion was approved for $23,134 based on 40 percent of $57,836 from Hotel/Motel Funds. Pryor Public Schools Events/Hospitality fund and the Pryor Main Street Program each received $5,784, or 10 percent.

The grant application for American Cowboy Trader's Day in the amount of $2,500 was approved.

Two holiday-related grant applications were approved as well, to the city of Pryor for Christmas lights improvements in the amout of $2,000 and $4,700 for the July 4 Festival.

Fundraising efforts for the July 4 Festival have generated $15,000 worth of commitments. Budget committee member Greg Rosamond said music, vendors and games are planned at the festival, not just fireworks. An agreement with a fireworks distributor is in the works.

The two-man committee, missing member Drew Stott, approved the purchase of a Sharp MX-3640N network print/scan/fax machine for the City Hall Clerk's office. The total cost of the item coming to $6,664.

The committee approved the resignation of Leroy Barrett from his position as a custodian at Pryor Creek Recreation Center as well as a $1 an hour raise for the remaining two custodians.