For the last meeting of the year, Mayor Randy Stephens and the council discussed the priorities and goals for the first quarter of 2013. One of the top priorities is the annexation of land into the city. Stephens specifically mentioned the subdivision located on Parr Parkway. Currently half the subdivision is in the city and the other half is not. Stephens, who previously served as the Chairman of the East Walker Sewer Authority, also discussed his desire to annex the area that contains the East Walker Sewer Treatment Plant. The facility serves only residents of Dora at this time.
Council member Hezikiah Walker also mentioned annexation in Burnwell and Yerkwood. The last administration annexed some land in that direction, but the city has long expressed a desire to annex more and eventually extend the city to Interstate 22.
Stephens also said that he would like to begin the process to remove unsightly, unsafe buildings in the city that have become dilapidated.
“We’ll do this in the proper way, the legal way,” Stephens said. “I want to see us get rid of some of these nuisance buildings and improve the appearance of our city.
The mayor and council also want to focus on the city’s park. The first step, according to Stephens, is to find a new park director. Current park director Anthony Dill will be stepping down at the end of basketball season.
In other business:
•The council approved the purchase of a new computer for the golf course. The current computer is too old to run the city’s Quickbooks accounting software. The council also approved an upgrade to the golf course’s point-of-sale software, if it is needed after the computer purchase.
•The council voted unanimously to give City Clerk Cindy Vines a raise.
•Walker also said the city should conduct a “salary survey” to look at the average pay rates of surrounding municipalities for department heads and employees in order to make the city a more competitive employer.