Ordinances and resolutions
CEFCU was approved as a
depository for city business.
New stricter guidelines and
fees regulating sexually oriented adult businesses passed.
Proclamation of World War II
Veteran Recognition Day on May 29 passed.
Arbor Day Poster winners honored
At the May 17 city council
session, Streets and Alleys Superintendent Tracy Jackson presented
awards to the top three Arbor Day poster winners. All three winners
received certificates for a McDonald's Happy Meal, Gleason's ice
cream and free bowling at Logan Lanes.
Kelsey Jones from Chester-East
Lincoln School won first place with her poster called "Stems/Limbs."
She will also receive a 6- to 8-foot tree.
Betsy Olson from West Lincoln-Broadwell
received second place.
Bailee Goodman from
Washington-Monroe received third place.
Aldermen discuss pay raises
Alderman Benny Huskins reopened
the matter of pay raises, having broached the subject for the
aldermen to think over at a previous meeting. It's been 14 years
since the city aldermen have seen an increase, he said, and that's
"a long time without a raise." He pointed out that costs of living
have gone up in that time, and it's especially noticeable when you
go to the gas pump today.
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At Huskins' request, city
attorney Bill Bates checked the requirements for changes in pay. He
said that aldermen cannot have an increase or decrease in pay during
their term and any change must be approved 180 days before the next
Alderman Steve Fuhrer spoke up
rejecting the suggestion. "It has been 14 years, but with what we
have been doing, laying people off, and as tight as we are, I can't
even think of telling people that we need raises," he said. "It's
just not the right time."
No one else made any further
Heritage Days celebration addition
Noon July 3 will probably be
hot. But a cool-down is scheduled downtown when city firemen with
their fire hoses face kids with water balloons during the city's
Heritage Days celebration. Chief Bucky Washam says that they have
done this for fund-raisers in the past and it is fun for everyone.
Property sale bids opened
Bids for four tracts of excess
property the city put up for sale were opened at the May 25
workshop. Bidding for most tracts came in low. Only six bids were
received on the four tracts. Bids ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 for
Tracts 1, 2 and 4. Tract 3 received a bid of $25,000.
city reserved the right to reject any and all bids. Alderman Derrick
Crane scheduled a meeting to discuss the bids before the June 7
meeting, when the sales are to be voted on.