GULFPORT — A vote to increase the monthly compensation for the mayor and council members is scheduled for Tuesday. The proposed increase, the first in 13 years, raises the mayor's monthly stipend from $800 to $1,000 and the council's from $600 to $750.
Two readings of the proposed ordinance are required for such a change to take effect. The first reading passed 3-2 with Christine Brown and Dan Liedtke opposed. If approved, the increases take effect Oct. 1 and will be included in the city's 2014-15 budget.
Elections: Ward 3 residents Yolanda Roman and Paul Ray have qualified to run for City Council to replace Jennifer Salmon, who chose not to seek re-election. Ward 1 representative Liedtke is unopposed for a third term. The election is March 11.
A call for artists: With the two-block walkway through Clymer Park completed, the city has issued a "call to artists'' to begin adding artistic elements to the walkway. A budget of $41,000 is approved for the project, which will include a primary installation in each block of the park at a cost of $8,000 each. Additionally, each section of the walkway will feature two public works: one budgeted at $3,500, another at $2,750. For information, visit mygulfport.us. The deadline for proposals is 10 a.m. Jan. 24.
RV permits in effect: New regulations on the placement of recreational vehicles are in effect. All RV owners meeting the setback requirements will receive a green permit window sticker. Owners of RVs not meeting the requirements who have not received a red permit will be required to move the RV. For information, call code enforcement officer Bruce Earling at (727) 893-1061.
Unload that junk: Gulfport Neighbors is hosting its second Junk in the Trunk or On a Truck day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Residents can save trash pickup charges by bringing objects they want to get rid of to the Neighborhood Center at 1617 49th St. S. Gulfport Neighbors is a service organization that encourages caring and sharing among Gulfport residents.
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