Aldermen quickly address variety of issues

Linda Trest
Staff Writer

The Board of Aldermen met for their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9. 

In a meeting that lasted only 19 minutes, many issues were acted on. 

The board voted to proceed with the of proposed codification of the city’s codes. City Clerk Jane Hungler told the board she had found funds in her budget to pay for the first installment of the project that comes with a $9,000 price tag. Currently, the city pays for a quarterly codification. That will no longer be necessary and the funds budgeted for that can be used in the more comprehensive process. A bill was passed to allow the mayor to sign the agreement with General Code.

As the city restructured its funds for a future water tower project, it had $30,000 left over. The board voted to purchase a 12 month CD from First Bank that will earn 2.11 percent interest. 

Belinda Ransom was appointed and Nancy Richardson was reappointed to the Park Commission.

The board readopted a conflict of interest ordinance to keep them in compliance with state requirements, according to Hungler.

A one-day liquor license was granted for a community picnic, tentatively scheduled for June 29.

The Planning and Zoning Commission was not able to meet earlier in the week since they did not have a quorum. Due to this, the alderman tabled several items relating to that commission.

Those were recommendations to create a Main Street District and to allow for residential use in a commercial zone. A request to modify a rezoning application by the Gerald Area Ambulance District was on the agenda, but not addressed.

Appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission was also not addressed. That group has only five current members, of the seven members called for in the city’s codes.