Should Lyerly office holders be paid more?
That topic was discussed on Tuesday at the monthly town council meeting.
Councilwoman Ellen Wyatt suggested that as a way to attract more people to run for office in Lyerly would be to raise the pay of mayor and council.
“We don’t get paid lot,” she said.
The mayor is paid $50 and council members in Lyerly are paid $20 for each meeting they attend. That’s usually 1-2 meetings per month.
While the meetings are usually brief – usually less than 30 minutes – council members are often asked to attend other meetings and work on community events. In particular, the mayor has to put in extra time at City Hall.
The town does not provide any insurance or pension.
Wyatt emphasized that she and her husband, Mayor Josh Wyatt, would not benefit from any pay increase as they both plan to step down from council this year. Any pay hike approved by the current council would not take effect until after the next council election.
“This isn’t for us, it’s for the next council,” she said.
Council and mayor discussed the possibility of doubling the current salary structure. That would mean $40 a meeting for council members and $100 a meeting for the mayor.