A Lexington council meeting to discuss raising the minimum wage will be postponed from Thursday until Sept. 10.
The Urban County Council voted 9-5 Tuesday to reschedule the meeting to give Mayor Jim Gray time to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term of 12th District Councilman Ed Lane, who died this month.
Those who have pushed for the minimum wage increase argued against further delay, saying the council began discussing the issue in March. But others argued it was not fair for the council to begin discussions in earnest without a representative from the 12th District.
Gray has until Sept. 2 to appoint someone.
Councilman Richard Moloney noted that the 12th District — which includes the area outside the urban service boundary and 20 to 30 neighborhoods — has a lot of farms.
"This is a huge issue for the agricultural industry," he said.
Councilman Kevin Stinnett noted that the council delayed two other issues until Gray made his appointment. It was only fair that it delay debate on the minimum wage until after a 12th District council person was named, he said.
Councilman Jake Gibbs said many members of the public had planned to attend Thursday night's meeting and would be angry that the council decided again to delay the debate.
Councilwoman Angela Evans said whoever is named to the 12th District will be able to vote on whatever the council decides. The council cannot take a vote in a committee of a whole, the type of meeting scheduled for Thursday.
"We have an entire city that has been waiting for this," said Evans.
The ordinance proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years. The five who voted against moving the meeting were Evans, Gibbs, James Brown, Jennifer Mossotti and Vice Mayor Steve Kay.