WALKER — Municipal employees will receive a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to award workers with the raise after Mayor Bobby Font gave assurances that the city could afford the cost.
Font said that Director of Finances Cindy Breaux had repeatedly “crunched the numbers” and assured him that Walker could afford the “across the board” raises.
Chief of Staff Fred Raiford said that Walker has 97 employees, excluding elected officials, including police and firemen.
In a related matter, aldermen agreed to consider a proposed ordinance setting the municipal clerk’s salary at $45,000 per year.
Other matters considered during Monday night’s meeting included:
OBSCENITY RULES: Aldermen unanimously adopted an ordinance that specifically spells out what constitutes a violation of the city’s “obscenity laws.”
In calling for final approval of the measure, Font said that the ordinance was in response to an incident that occurred in Walker earlier in connection with a massage parlor.
The mayor declined to give any specifics about the case.
DOMESTIC ABUSE: Aldermen agreed to a small change in the ordinance governing domestic abuse cases.
The new wording makes it a criminal act to abuse any children in a household, not just minor children as the existing law had specified.
DOG ORDINANCE: At Font’s request, aldermen agreed to put off acting on a proposed ordinance defining and imposing controls on “dangerous and vicious dogs.”
The lengthy ordinance spelled out in detail how the city would determine if a dog is dangerous and vicious. The proposal also set regulations on how to confine and control dogs designated as dangerous and vicious.
Font said that he and City Attorney Robert Graves would continue to study the wording of the measure that was introduced at the June council meeting.
He said that the matter would be brought back up for a final public hearing and a vote by the aldermen at the Aug. 9 meeting.
ANIMAL CONTROL: Raiford said the city’s Animal Control Center will now be open for a full day on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the same hours the center keeps on weekdays.