- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
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At a time when the police and fire departments are complaining about outdated equipment and going begging for what they need, a proposal by two Cape Girardeau city councilmen to raise council salaries to $200 per month -- a 100 percent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.