Pelham $25,000 from Davis Family Mortgage Retirement Fund goal

Mayor Don Murphy announced the city has raised $175,000 as of Feb. 15 towards retiring the mortgage of the home of fallen Pelham Police officer Philip Davis’ wife, Paula, and two children.

The Davis Family Mortgage Retirement Fund committee set a goal of $200,000 towards paying off the home, and Murphy said all the hard work done by those who have contributed has been heartwarming.

“I think it’s just a great thing,” Murphy said. “It’s wonderful.”

Murphy thanked all those who have been involved in retiring the mortgage during the Feb. 15 City Council meeting, including Pelham Police Chief Tommy Thomas.

“The chief has been working really hard on this,” Murphy said.

Council President Mike Dickens echoed the mayor’s statements.

“(The mayor) and Chief Thomas are to be commended for their leadership,” Dickens said.

In other council actions:

— Murphy declared March 6 as “Easter Seals Walk With Me Day,” in commemoration of the pediatric therapy organization’s annual walk. The mayor also declared Feb. 15-April 20 as “Big Read Month” at the Pelham Library.

— The council unanimously voted 5-0 to authorize a 10 percent education pay increase for Pelham Fire Department employee Wesley Greene upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

— The council unanimously voted to annex the property of Bryan and Michele Shanahan at 635 Dickerson Road.