Como Mayor

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 4, 2009

Mayor deserves pay, say Como residents

By Jason C. Mattox

A salary for Como Mayor Judy Sumner was suggested at the September meeting of the board of aldermen Tuesday night.

A pair of residents stood and applauded Sumner’s work during her time in office, before Sumner herself addressed the crowd.

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“Our mayor has worked for a little over a year without any compensation, and I would like to see her receive pay,” one citizen said.

A second resident in attendance echoed those sentiments.

“I think she deserves something for the work she has been putting in to make our town a better place,” she said. “I know Senatobia has a part-time mayor and receives about $30,000. I would like to see us pay her at least $1,500.”

The residents did not identify themselves at the meeting.

Later in the meeting, Sumner told those in attendance that she had been hearing complaints about her time in office.

To fend off the allegations, the mayor showed several folders containing grant information that she is compiling.

“I want the people in here to know that we had a great thing here in Como this weekend,” she said. “It just shows what this community can do when we come together.”

Sumner also pointed out that the city’s debt is being reduced and that repairs to city utilities have lowered bills.

“Since we have fixed all of the leaks from the gas lines, our bill is down almost $10,000,” she said. “We are spending money to make the repairs, but they are saving us money.”

In other board business:

•Aldermen were informed that the IRS is trying to locate property owned by the town.

•Two new ordinances were presented.

One would pertain to livestock in the city and the other to vicious dogs.

They are available to the public at Town Hall.