By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
City Commission held its regular monthly meeting Monday at City Hall with a
light agenda except for the appointment of someone to fill the unexpired term
of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chuck Cannon who resigned his seat last
Anthony Emmanuel stated that originally nine people had shown interest in the
position but two had dropped out leaving seven city residents interested in
taking the position. That came as somewhat of a surprise since in the last few
city elections candidates for any position had been hard to come by.
went into executive session to discuss the applicants and came out to vote on
the new commissioner.
Tommy Lawson nominated Terry Powell to fill the unexpired term and the
commission unanimously approved him.
business at the meeting Mayor Emmanuel reported that the New Year is off to a
good start as general fund revenue was $10,000 over budget. Also
licenses/permit revenue was some $25,000 over budget as well.
are paid quarterly and even some annually which left the city in the red for the
first month but those expenses will balance out over the course of the year.
The Mayor was very pleased with the way the year started, much different from
some of the past years.
business the Dade County Public Library made a presentation about the library
and what a vital part it is of the community. They showed two short videos
about activities at the library and interviewing patrons about why they use the
presentation Mayor Emmanuel recommended to the commission that the city fund
the library at $2,000 per month, retroactive to Jan. 1 for a total of $24,000
Last year the
city cut library funding to $5,000 due to budget issues. “I am comfortable we
can get back in line funding the library. This is not where we were but it’s a
good start,” Emmanuel stated.
The city also
entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the county in reference to
elections. With the agreement the county will hold all city elections at City
Hall thus saving the city money and time.
The Dade County
Chamber of Commerce, Tree City, and the Arts Council gave reports during the
meeting with everyone reporting a good start to 2013.
The Chamber of
Commerce’s annual banquet is scheduled for April 20 at the Trenton Civic Center
and Debbie Tinker encouraged everyone to get his or her tickets early.
commissioner reported on their departments with Police Commissioner Sandra Gray
reporting her department answered 131 calls in January and collected fines and
fees of $3,204.83.
Tommy Lawson reported the fire department responded to 14 fire calls and 68
medical calls during January. He also stated he didn’t have a sewer report this
month but would bring everyone up to date at the next meeting.
Commissioner Greg Houts had nothing new to report at this time.
Without a parks
commissioner everyone had been chipping in and things seemed to be running
smoothly during this slow time of year for the park.