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City taking look at MES payouts
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The spotlight is back on McMinnville Electric System. In late 2013, city officials unsuccessfully attempted to regulate how long MES board members could serve, putting an end to reappointments that resulted in lengthy stays by members of the power board. Recently, how those members are monetarily compensated is being questioned.Alderman Mike Neal requested of Melissa Ashburn, who is a legal consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, her opinion on the legality of MES compensating its board members with $300 per month According to Ashburn, it’s perfectly legal as long as the compensation is accounted for appropriately.“All members of the board shall serve as such without compensation, but they shall be allowed necessary travel and other expenses while engaged in the business of the board,” she said.