At the recommendation of the Alcohol Review Committee, the council granted approval for a license to the Express Mart #12 at 902 West Main Street for Retail Beer (off premises) and Retail Wine (off premises).
The council also opened quotes from several local dealers for a zero turn mower for the Street Department. The council along with Supervisor Bobby Paul will look at all quotes submitted and make the purchase from the lowest bidder that meets specification.
The council also approved the purchase three new commercial garbage dumpsters in the amount of $4,500. Mayor Wilkie said that for the first time in several years, the city has been notified that the bleachers at the Dixie Youth Baseball Fields were flagged as not meeting standards; the city has agreed to purchase new bleachers for the facility and surplus the old ones.
The council has granted permission for a local resident to use the softball facility for an ASA Softball Tournament coming up in May.
Following a lengthy Executive Session the council voted to appoint Sherry Chandler as the new City Clerk at a salary of $23.53 per hour. Chandler will be filling the position previously held by longtime Clerk Mary Leigh Tucker who recently retired.
Councilman Phillip Roberts will be chairing a committee to discuss the possibilities of a public lake access facility within the city limits. That committee will be meeting this week to discuss several options. Mayor Wilkie presented to the council a ten year plan consisting of several goals he would like to see come to fruition. Wilkie said that some of those goals include a lake access facility, the completion of the armory, the construction of a new tennis court and the completion of a new city pool with a splash pad, purchase of a new fire truck among other projects.
Wilkie said “As you know, these projects require revenue and we all know that the revenue we have is good, but it’s taking everything we have for revenue in the expenditure department and there is very little leftover for us to provide to our departments”.
Wilkie said that the council will be exploring several options to generate additional revenue, one of those being the possibility of raising the city’s sales tax by one cent with that additional revenue going toward taking care of some of these prospective projects.
Wilkie said that the council will be seeking feedback concerning the sales tax increase and based on that feedback, both for and or against; they will schedule a town hall meeting to discuss the plan in detail.