- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)3
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At a time when the police and fire departments are complaining about outdated equipment and going begging for what they need, a proposal by two Cape Girardeau city councilmen to raise council salaries to $200 per month -- a 100 percent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.