City Clerk Shane Smith also presented council members with the option of a $100 bonus for full-time employees and $50 for part-time employees, noting that the city paid the $100 to full-time workers last year.
Mayor Rudy Rooks noted that the council is barred by state law from describing the payments as a bonus, so the council termed it a "one-time pay increase" instead.
Smith said the city’s cost for the $200/$50 bonus would be $6,608, while the lesser bonus option would have cost $3,970.
“We’ve got room for that in our budget,” Rooks said at Tuesday’s meeting. “I would just like to recommend doing the $200 just for the simple fact that we were not able to give a pay increase this time.”
The city’s staff will receive the bonus on the paycheck issued the week of Thanksgiving.
Council member Travis Crowe said he also thought $200 was reasonable.
“For $100 you can’t buy anything,” Crowe said.
In other business the council:
— Approved adding a street light at the end of Leeander Street at Councilman Shannon Roberts' request. There was also a second request for a streetlight on the street, but Roberts didn’t recommend adding that one. Councilman Elvin Henson also received a request for a streetlight on Franklin Street. However, he thought city policy wouldn’t allow the city to add a light at that location because it would be used for just one address, he said.
— Approved entering into a contract with Birmingham-based Bagby Elevator for $1,444.
— Heard the Senior Tailgate Party for senior citizens will be Nov. 27. Organizers have yet to set a location for the event.
— Heard the Christmas Marketplace and Festival of Trees will be Dec. 13-15 at the Heflin Civic Center.
— Heard the Christmas Parade of Lights will be Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. on Ross Street.
The next council meeting will be Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
Editor's note: This story has been modified to note that Heflin city officials did not refer to the the extra pay for city workers a "bonus," but rather a one-time pay increase. Also, the name of Leeander Street has been corrected.