A potential staffing crisis in the Town of Cupids was averted late last week following an emergency meeting of council.
The town clerk had tendered her resignation, and the maintenance employee was also threatening to quit.
The dispute erupted after council rejected a proposal by the finance committee to approve a five per cent pay increase for the two staff members. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 5-2.
Faced with the possibility of losing both employees, a privileged meeting was convened on Friday, Feb. 1, at which time councillors voted by a margin of 5-1 to approve a $1 per hour wage increase for staff.
The decision will be ratified during a regular public meeting of council tonight (Feb. 5) at 7 p.m.
“They both accepted the offer” of more money, Ross Dawe, the town’s acting mayor, said. “This will mean a lot less headaches.”
The pay raise is not the only matter on tonight’s agenda. Council will also deal with a leadership vacuum created by the resignation last week of mayor Ron Laracy.
Council must decide whether Dawe, who previously served as deputy mayor, will continue as mayor until the current council’s term ends in September, or consider other options.
Dawe said he is “still debating” whether he wants to stay on as mayor.