Mayor and Councilman meet over city budget concerns

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A meeting was conducted with Edwards, Mayor Terry Gardner, and Acting City Clerk Michael Fluhr, and the HR Manager whose salary was being discussed, and in a statement Gardner said that “feels as though a compromise has been made.”

“This email is to inform you that I have met with our HR Manager, April Aguilar, along with Councilman District A, Wayne Edwards, and Michael Fluhr, Interim City Clerk. After an hour-long discussion, I feel as though a compromise has been made. Ms. Aguilar has agreed to a 6% increase upon her anniversary date. If you recall in the previous email I sent about the three areas of concern that Councilman Edwards had addressed with the Mayor and they were: A. To keep the council more informed. B. To include Councilmembers in the hiring and pay negotiations of key employees. C. The pay increase of the HR Manager,” the statement read.

“I feel now that all of these concerns have been addressed and once again I am asking for your support on the adoption of the 2021/2022 budget on November 2, 2021, at our City Council meeting to help move our city forward. I would be more than happy to meet for breakfast or lunch with you and one other council member if you would like to discuss. Call or email me if you have any questions.”

While Councilman Edward’s concerns may have been met, in response to this statement Councilman Terika Williams-Walker held firm, stating “I’m not in agreement.”

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