Keel said his complaints to former Mayor George Sides and the previous council went unheard, and he hopes this council will find a way to repair his driveway. According to Keel, the driveway was usable until the sidewalk project, then his vehicles, a van and a truck, began to drag on the the large hump left by the project and it became almost impassable for smaller cars.
Dora Mayor Chris Edwards showed the council pictures of his own truck in the driveway, and recommended that the council consult an architect and have the problem fixed.
“This should have been fixed already,” Edwards said. “And we need to make it right.”
The council agreed, voting unanimously to allow Edwards to consult with an architect and get an estimate on having the issue fixed. Edwards will present the council with those numbers for approval before work begins on the property.
Keel also asked that the city consider selling him a portion of property, currently owned by the city but maintained by Keel. The property adjoins the city’s lake property but is excluded from the lake area by a fence. The council tabled that matter until more information on the land ownership could be obtained. Many council members and Edwards voiced support for Keel on the matter, but cited a need for specifics about the property lines.
In other business:
•The mayor presented the first notice for an alcohol license for C & C Food Mart, an application made by Charles Clay. As is required by the city’s alcohol ordinance, the council received the application, but took no action. That is the first step in the process, the council will vote on the matter at the next council meeting.
•The council voted unanimously to recognize the service of East Walker Sewer Board members, Randy Stephens, Randy Spears and Phillip Ballenger by waiving the green’s fees for them at the city golf course. The sewer board is unpaid and Edwards said this was a way to show the city’s appreciation for the service of those board members.
•The council approved the purchase of an on-demand hot water heater for the city park’s concession stand. Randy Beck, pastor of Dora Church of God, said his church will pay for the water heater as a donation to the city.
The mayor and council expressed their gratitude to the church and Beck after voting unanimously to accept the donation.
•The council approved sending Police Chief John Duchock to Seattle, Wash., for the 2012 Law Enforcement Support Office National Training Conference at the beginning of May. The conference is free so the city only has to pay for Duchock’s hotel and airfare. The conference is part of the program that Dora participates in, allowing Duchock to receive military surplus items for the city at no cost. Items received include blankets for the jail, weapons and even two Hummer vehicles to be used in an emergency situation.
Council members Gary Thomas and Clyde Nix, along with Mayor Pro Tem Betty Sanders voted in favor of sending Duchock to the conference, while Hezakiah Walker cast the only dissenting vote.
•The council voted to hire accountant Wayne Black to assist in the city’s required annual audit. Again, Nix, Sanders and Thomas voted in favor of the matter, while Walker voted against it.
•The council also named April 9 to April 15, as “City Clean Up Week.” The city will work with churches and other organizations to clean and freshen up the city. On April 14, citizens are invited to meet at Dora Park at 7 a.m. to help crews clean up the city’s roadways. Contact city hall for more details.