Humboldt leaders finalize budget, accept 30-year employee resignation

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Felita Martin (center with plaque) was honored with a retirement reception at Humboldt City Hall last week. City officials, friends, family and library patrons joined in honoring Martin who is retiring from Humboldt Public Library after 30 years of service. Among those joining her are Kim Hadley, Jeanna Shellenberger, Marquita Patterson, Valerie Hays, Jeff Graves, Mayor Marvin Sikes, Leon McNeal, Cindy Knott, HPD Chief Rob Ellis, Willie Reed and John Morrison.

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Humboldt city board met last week, finalizing the new city budget and accepting the resignation of a longtime library employee.

Overall, the city budget is at $9.6 million; the city electric utility’s budget is $8.8 million; the gas department is $8.5 million; the water and sewer is $9.6 million, and the school system budget is $9.8 million. The property tax rate remains at $3.04 per $100 assessed value. All employees of the city will get a 2.5-percent pay increase.

Library employee Felita Martin is retiring after 30 years to spend more time with her family, according to her letter to the board.

“I understand why she is leaving,” said alderman Bob Pruett at the meeting, “but I still don’t have to like it. She and Diane (Wright) have done wonders for the library.”

“I hate it,” said alderwoman Donna Johnson. “Thirty years of experience is a lot. She will be missed,” Johnson added.

The library is taking applications through July 14.

Alderman Leon McNeal said some of the potential applicants might come from staff already at the library. To which alderman Don Graves said, “They may not be qualified.”

McNeal noted applicants would be coming before the city board. Graves said the director of the library would decide who the next employee is.

Mayor Marvin Sikes said the job was not posted at the library but he had been asked by the director to advertise it.  The library director is Diane Wright.

The board eventually voted 4-1 to accept Martin’s letter with Don Graves making the motion to accept the resignation and McNeal voting no.

Words were exchanged between Graves and McNeal again until the mayor interjected: “The vote was 4-1. She has our blessing. Let’s move on.”

Humboldt city board met last week, finalizing the new city budget and accepting the resignation of a longtime library employee.

Overall, the city budget is at $9.6 million; the city electric utility’s budget is $8.8 million; the gas department is $8.5 million; the water and sewer is $9.6 million, and the school system budget is $9.8 million. The property tax rate remains at $3.04 per $100 assessed value. All employees of the city will get a 2.5-percent pay increase.

Library employee Felita Martin is retiring after 30 years to spend more time with her family, according to her letter to the board.

“I understand why she is leaving,” said alderman Bob Pruett at the meeting, “but I still don’t have to like it. She and Diane (Wright) have done wonders for the library.”

“I hate it,” said alderwoman Donna Johnson. “Thirty years of experience is a lot. She will be missed,” Johnson added.

The library is taking applications through July 14.

Alderman Leon McNeal said some of the potential applicants might come from staff already at the library. To which alderman Don Graves said, “They may not be qualified.”

McNeal noted applicants would be coming before the city board. Graves said the director of the library would decide who the next employee is.

Mayor Marvin Sikes said the job was not posted at the library but he had been asked by the director to advertise it.  The library director is Diane Wright.

The board eventually voted 4-1 to accept Martin’s letter with Don Graves making the motion to accept the resignation and McNeal voting no.

Words were exchanged between Graves and McNeal again until the mayor interjected: “The vote was 4-1. She has our blessing. Let’s move on.”

Humboldt city board met last week, finalizing the new city budget and accepting the resignation of a longtime library employee.

Overall, the city budget is at $9.6 million; the city electric utility’s budget is $8.8 million; the gas department is $8.5 million; the water and sewer is $9.6 million, and the school system budget is $9.8 million. The property tax rate remains at $3.04 per $100 assessed value. All employees of the city will get a 2.5-percent pay increase.

Library employee Felita Martin is retiring after 30 years to spend more time with her family, according to her letter to the board.

“I understand why she is leaving,” said alderman Bob Pruett at the meeting, “but I still don’t have to like it. She and Diane (Wright) have done wonders for the library.”

“I hate it,” said alderwoman Donna Johnson. “Thirty years of experience is a lot. She will be missed,” Johnson added.

The library is taking applications through July 14.

Alderman Leon McNeal said some of the potential applicants might come from staff already at the library. To which alderman Don Graves said, “They may not be qualified.”

McNeal noted applicants would be coming before the city board. Graves said the director of the library would decide who the next employee is.

Mayor Marvin Sikes said the job was not posted at the library but he had been asked by the director to advertise it.  The library director is Diane Wright.

The board eventually voted 4-1 to accept Martin’s letter with Don Graves making the motion to accept the resignation and McNeal voting no.

Words were exchanged between Graves and McNeal again until the mayor interjected: “The vote was 4-1. She has our blessing. Let’s move on.”

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