At the informal Common Council meeting on Monday, when the resolution to create the position of Assistant Youth Director was introduced and it was revealed that Third Ward alderman Calvin Lewis was to have that position, Council president Tom DePietro said that, although there was no rule that would prohibit Lewis from continuing as an alderman, doing so "raises too many problems." In an article published in the Register-Star yesterday, Lewis is quoted as saying he wants to stay on the Council when he starts his new job.
Discovered in the draft minutes from the May 18 meeting of the Common Council is an example of the "too many problems" DePietro may have had in mind. That was the meeting at which the Council voted on a resolution to increase the annual salary of the newly hired Youth Director from $50,000 to $58,000. According to Gossips' account, the resolution passed with the narrowest possible margin: 6 to 5. One of the six votes in favor of the salary increase was cast by Lewis. In the draft minutes from the meeting, following the account of the discussion of the resolution and the vote, this notation appears, on page 348:
Update: Aliya Schneider explores the situation of Lewis and the invalid vote in much greater detail in an article that appeared in the Register-Star online this evening: "Conflict wipes out youth department director's raise."
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