The council also heard from Nancy Steed with CED Mental Health who made a presentation on the upcoming Cherokee County Youth Prevention Conference in March. As is budgeted, the council approved to appropriate $1000 to help fund the conference.
Cindy McGinnis representing the Family Care Center, made a presentation to the council regarding the Center’s mission to raise awareness and seek support of the organization. The Family Care Center in Centre helps to distribute more than 500 boxes of food a month to needy families in Cherokee County; they also distribute household items, clothing and furniture.
The council also approved the purchase of three sets of turn out gear for the fire department in addition to the cost of replacing some lighting at the fire station.
The council also approved the purchase of three new vehicles for the police department at the recommendation of Chief Kirk Blankenship – the total cost of those vehicles will be $81,381.51 recently, one vehicle was wrecked and another was damaged by fire. The city currently has $40,000 budgeted for a new vehicle. Chief Blankenship said that he had around $25,000 in funds available and some surplus property he would be able to sale to help offset the cost of the vehicles.
The city also heard from Steve Hammett who is a potential buyer of the former K-Mart Building and is interested in opening an antique boutique/auction and online sales style business, Mayor Wilkie said that exact details are in the works and that additional information would be made available at a later date.