Perry Brown

Central Indiana Glass & Glazing

The Lafayette City Council Tuesday night passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give the mayor and other elected officials a 5.5-percent raise.

City Controller Mike Jones says Lafayette employees are all on a salary grid and the increase will bring the incomes of elected officials up to par with other personnel.

“[We’re] trying to get everybody caught up and the hope is that as things look better and better in the private sector, that we can entice the good people that we have to stay,” Jones says.

Electricians must have a license if they hope to work in Lafayette.

The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance implementing the requirement.

Members passed the bill after making six amendments to the original measure that was approved after a first reading last month.

District Three Representative Perry Brown doesn’t think the ordinance goes far enough.

There are a few exceptions, including not needing certification for projects that are less than 50 volts.