PELL CITY – City employees packed the council chamber at City Hall Monday night, watching as the council unanimously approved a new pay scale which includes a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for all employees.

“I would like to say, especially with all the people here, how much you are appreciated,” said Councilman Jay Jenkins, who made the motion to approve the new pay scale. “I would like to say that I’m pleased and honored to make a motion, not only for the new pay scale, but for the 3 percent cost-of-living raise.”

After Jenkins made the motion, Councilwoman Dot Wood asked if the councilman would amend the motion to not include a raise for department heads.

”I don’t think it’s fair,” Jenkins said. “I will not amend my motion.”

Mayor Joe Funderburg also said it was not fair to not give all employees a cost-of-living raise.

Council President James McGowan seconded the motion, but later Councilman Terry Templin said he would like to second Jenkins' motion.

“I feel like the 3 percent raise is well-deserved,” Templin told the employees in attendance. “I appreciate what y'all have done for the city."

McGowan thanked the employees, as did councilwomen Wood and Sharon Thomas, who abstained from the vote because she has a daughter employed by the city.

Nobody on the council voted against the raise, which officials say will cost the city about $350,000.

“Congratulations and keep up the hard work,” City Manager Patrick Draper told the employees.

City officials said city workers received a 3 percent cost-of-living raise in 2012.

In other matters Monday night, the council:

O Awarded the low bid in the amount of $16,186 submitted by Cowin Equipment Company Inc. for attachments to the street department’s skid steer.

O Approved the demolition of the old round smoke building on the Fire Department drill field. The fire department will pay for the demolition with money it receives from the 2 mill fire tax. The demolition will cost about $7,500.

O Approved the purchase of a K-9 vehicle from the Hoover Police Department for $10,000.

O Appointed Ken Howe and Jacob Moore to the Industrial Development Board.

O Approved the new pay scale for city employees, and abolished hazardous duty pay for public safety employees.

O Approved a resolution regarding the 2015 fiscal year general fund and utility fund budgets.

O Presented a proclamation to cancer survivor Jacob Shear recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

O Approved an agreement with the First United Methodist Church to build an amphitheater in Lakeside Park at no cost to the city.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.