- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)17
- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)13
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)14
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)24
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Lawmakers put prevailing wage in crosshairs; laborers object (2/12/17)10
This isn't the time to raise council's pay
At a time when the police and fire departments are complaining about outdated equipment and going begging for what they need, a proposal by two Cape Girardeau city councilmen to raise council salaries to $200 per month -- a 100 percent increase -- seems inappropriate.
Ward 6 Councilman Butch Eggimann, who will be off the council next month when he reaches his term limit, and Ward 1 Councilman Frank Stoffregen, running against Evelyn Boardman in next month's election, supported the boost. The other councilmen properly voted against the issue.
The $100 per month councilmen earn now is little more than a symbolic gesture. Of course it doesn't cover expenses, which include transportation, phone calls, meals and more.
When candidates run for the council, they should understand their service is a gift of their time and resources to the people of Cape Girardeau, not a money-making enterprise.
Mayor Al Spradling III made an excellent point when the issue arose at Monday's meeting: The city charter should be reviewed more closely in the future to make necessary adjustments and keep up with inflation, but now is not the time.