New Mayor, Council Sworn In Thursday

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If the agenda and packet of information for the June 13 council meeting is any indication, it is going to be a long night at Town Hall.

There is a special meeting at 5 p.m. on the 2002-2003 budget then a regular meeting at 6 p.m.

The regular meeting starts with comments by and presentations to the outgoing council members. This is followed by a formal swearing-in ceremony by Judge Ronnie McDaniel for new Mayor Ken Murphy and new council members Judy Buettner, Robert Henley and Dick Reese.

A vice-mayor will be selected by the council and then Murphy will discuss his goals and aspirations for the next term, as will the new council members.

Actual business of the council includes three public hearings. Two of these are for liquor licenses and the third is to rezone property owned by the First Church of the Nazarene on East Tyler Parkway. The church has three parcels, one is zoned for commercial use, but the other two carry residential zoning. To build a church, a fellowship hall and possibly a retirement center, the church leaders would like all the property to carry commercial zoning.

The council also will discuss and possibly take action to allow for a state of emergency to be declared in the event of fire, flood or any other natural or man-made disaster.

In a somewhat related matter, the council will consider instituting Level 2 water conservation measures.

The council is being asked to decide whether or not to spend various amounts of money on different projects:

Award a contract for $892,864 to Empire Excavation, Inc., to make McLane Road improvements from Goodfellow Road to Main Street;

Use $19,169 from the council contingency fund to buy two new base radio stations for the police department to replace existing equipment; and

Use $21,615 from the council contingency fund to buy a solar powered, portable electronic sign for the police department.

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