The first item up for discussion was the payment on the bond for the city-owned Horse Creek Golf Course. The payment of $115,000 isn’t due until next fall, but after a banner year for the course, Mayor Randy Stephens recommended making the payment early to save the city a year on the interest. The council agreed unanimously.
The city is required by the bonding company to give 30 days written notice of an early payment so, with council approval, they will begin that process immediately.
The council also approved an annexation of property in Burnwell, where the Burnwell store and Burnwell Post Office were formerly located. The council has expressed an interest in annexing more property in the area but has been delayed by the extensive paperwork required for the process.
In a final large decision for the council, they decided to purchase a new garbage truck for the city. The current truck has been a thorn in the side of the mayor and council, as well as the previous administration. Many of the truck’s features don’t work, placing a burden on the street department workers who maintain the truck and pick up garbage and delaying the timely removal of residential trash for residents.
Although the council acknowledged they were spending a great deal of money, with council member Hezikiah Walker asking for a work session to discuss budget issues in the near future, they agreed these were improvements and purchases that needed to be made for the health of the city.
In other business:
•The council approved a new resolution regarding the wrecker rotation for the city. Anyone on the rotation must either live in the city limits of Dora or have a business inside the city limits.
•The council approved a resolution accepting the dedication of two formerly private roads, Rising Star Baptist Church Road and Pleasant Lane, to the city. Those are now official city streets.
•The council approved a $1,500 contribution to the Neighborhood Watch Fall Festival from the Horse Creek Golf Course fund. The donation will cover the cost of food and supplies needed to host the festival at the Dora Civic Center. This year’s festival will be held Oct. 29 and will be free.
•Stephens also discussed a planned festival for the spring that would happen in the parking lot of the Dora Shopping Center on May 17. A committee will be assembled to begin planning that event.
•The council introduced an ordinance on animal control that would replace an older ordinance already on the books.
This was a first read on the ordinance, which will be brought up for a vote at the council’s next regular meeting on Oct. 8.