Monday, May 5, 2014
At the Police Legal Judicial Committee of Mount Pleasant Town Council, officials discussed what it costs to bring a brand new officer onto the force.
The pre-hire, salary, benefits and equipment encompasses all facets of a new hire.
That total is $122,059.
First year salary begins at $36,680. Putting an officer in uniform and equipping the officer is the bulk of the expense. A patrol car alone costs $40,000.
Training and special academies are important and provided to each officer, seasoned or not.
In addition, items on any agenda can be added Thursday by 4:30 before the next council meeting. Issues have come up regarding this ordinance. The important factor, if this is changed, according to town attorney David Paglarini, if you do wish to place something on the agenda, let the legal department help say what you want to say and what you want to discuss.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda PAge said there is some confusion because we sometime put an item on an agenda that already had final reading. Citizens think we are revisiting something that perhaps we are on the other side of, she said.
Paglarini said that Roberts Rules of Orders dictates anything town ordinances might not address.
Anything placed on an agenda must be cleared and if it is an item already proposed and approved, it should state that.
“Our committee system is set up so that issues can be vetted at the committee level and recommended to council for an official vote,” he said.
If an item is for “discussion only” it should say that in the verbiage of the agenda items.
The importance of properly wording an item is crucial, Paglarini said.
Page said that items on a committee agenda, that a chairman might not think warrants the attention of other more important items may not be approved to be included.
Clarity of all items on the agenda, she agreed, is crucial.
Thomasena Stokes-Marshall said that items that have had final reading should not be placed on any agenda unless it is a valid reason, not to just go and stir up folks in the community who don't have all the information.
The council agenda should not be used to address small portions of the town, said Stokes-Marshall.
“The final say is the final say,” Page said.
Roberts Rules covers a time frame and having a valid reason why an issue would be brought back before elected officials.
Committee member Chris Nickels said he would not be in favor of limiting the idea of revisiting any topic.
Nickels said in addition, he would like to consolidate some of the committees in place now.
Page said this discussion was not about an individual council member but about perception from the public.
She said more discussion should take place. She wants to make sure everyone gets their voice heard and done properly.