The main concern of the council was the cost of the children’s area. Council member Richard Lovelady made a motion to contribute whatever it took to make the children’s area free, rather than charging the planned $3 for all-day access to the nine children’s attractions.
“Usually the people that enjoy it the most and use it the most are the folks that can’t afford to do it,” Lovelady said.
“You’re still going to have one or two parents that are going to turn away and not let their kids do it for $3, because it’s $3,” Council member George Sides Jr. said in support of the measure.
The council approved the measure unanimously.
The Horse Creek Jubilee is slated for May 3 in the Dora Shopping Center. Anyone interested in volunteering to help at the festival should call city hall.
In other business, the council:
•agreed to clean out the old National Guard Armory and begin looking for someone to remove the damaged wood cause by leaks in the roof.
The building currently houses the city’s street department. Once the cleanup is complete, the council will reevaluate the situation and decide whether to repair the building or replace it.
•approved a license for TJ’s convenience store to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption and for Horse Creek Bistro to sell beer and wine for on-premise consumption. Council member Clyde Nix voted against both alcohol licenses.
•approved the purchase of a new police car to replace an older Impala that has been requiring a good deal of maintenance. The motion passed, despite votes against it from council members Lovelady, Sides and Hezikiah Walker.
•approved repairs to be made to the police department’s Tahoe, which suffered bumper damage when an officer struck a fallen tree while backing up. Sides Jr. questioned why a repair estimate wasn’t solicited from the body shop inside Dora. Stephens said the city had issues with the last car repaired by the shop. Sides voted against the motion.
•approved the purchase of a generator for the city’s fire department to replace the older generator that recently stopped working. Walker abstained from the vote.
•approved the purchase of a new computer for the fire department to file their reports.
•agreed to let computer technicians look at two computers at the city’s golf course and attempt to convert them to Windows 7, if it was compatible with the older systems.
The current computers run Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft.
•approved the purchase of materials to repair Shiloh Road, which was badly damaged during the recent heavy rains. Stephens said the county would provide the labor, but the city would be responsible for the cost of the materials needed.
•approved renting a storage facility to store items currently in the armory when the cleanup begins.
•commended golf course manager Don Cummings after looking at the numbers for the year since he took over.
They also voted to give Cummings a $5,000 a year raise.
Sides and Walker voted against the raise. Several council members expressed the need for across-the-board raises for employees.