Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harvey complained that it was impossible to accurately remember what happened in those meetings and, in the future, the council needed to see those minutes in a more timely manner. He said that within two months, the council had received seven months of minutes for approval.
“When we receive three or four or five months worth of minutes, it’s too hard for me to remember what happened,” Harvey said.
City Clerk Deanna Woods said she had been busy with taxes and various other duties, as well as complaints that the council sometimes doesn’t approve the minutes she has prepared.
In other business:
•The council placed Magistrate Joseph Thomas in charge of the city’s community center, following an incident with an out-of-control party recently. Thomas will work on creating a contract and rules for future rentals.
•Thomas and Police Chief Chad Gurganus presented a plaque to honor Constable Larry Myers, who helps the city in numerous ways.
•Gurganus also told the council he had established a neighborhood watch program that would begin meeting in April. He has also applied for a grant that would provide up to $10,000 in equipment for the police department.
•The council discussed a proposal from Gurganus to remove some of the stop signs on Cobb Street, but ultimately decided to wait until after school ends for the summer to further consider the idea.
•The council discussed several areas around town where they were receiving complaints about drainage issues and potholes or road damage.
•Fire Chief Shane Calloway said the department’s ISO inspection will occur in early April and he is hopeful the rating will improve, which would hopefully assist with homeowner and business insurance rates.