City councilors voted to approve spending $450,000 of city funds to repair a portion of the Spring River drainage channel during the councilâ€™s regular monthly meeting, Thursday.
The repairs will be made to the channel near the Roswell Museum and Art Center, between Main Street and Richardson Avenue.
The project will cost nearly $750,000, with about $300,000 coming from the state. Councilors approved the agreement in an 8-2 vote. Councilor Elena Velasquez voted against the proposal, as did Councilor Robert McWilliams, who objected over some of the architectural designs he said went above and beyond the basic repairs.
â€œIâ€™m just trying to be conservative,â€ he said. Other councilors, including Dusty Huckabee, Steve Henderson, Jimmy Craig, Barry Foster and Jason Perry, spoke in favor of architectural designs. â€œI think itâ€™s going to enhance the convention center and museum,â€Huckabee said. â€œI think it needs to be done.â€
City councilors also voted to approve a 2 percent increase in hourly rate of pay for nearly 200 city workers. Members of the Utility Workers Union of America will also receive a 25 percent per round discount at the cityâ€™s golf course.
Itâ€™s been more than 12 months since the union members received a raise, said Larry Fry, assistant city manager. Councilors voted unanimously to approve the raises.
Also, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce received $13,500 in lodgers tax dollars after councilors unanimously approved the funding for a new electronic sign to be built outside of the chamberâ€™s building on West Second Street.