Council approves channel repair

October 15, 2010 • Local News

City councilors voted to approve spending $450,000 of city funds to repair a portion of the Spring River drainage channel during the council’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 [auth] 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.

“I’m just trying to be conservative,” he said. Other councilors, including Dusty Huckabee, Steve Henderson, Jimmy Craig, Barry Foster and Jason Perry, spoke in favor of architectural designs. “I think it’s going to enhance the convention center and museum,”Huckabee said. “I think it needs to be done.”

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 city’s golf course.

It’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 chamber’s building on West Second Street.

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