WILLIAMSON – The Williamson City Council approved a number of agenda items at a regular meeting held Thursday, Jan. 14 at Williamson City Hall.
The meeting began with the council taking a moment to acknowledge the passing of Jim Reid. Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton said, “We are sad to see him pass. He is a former member of the council and also of the legislature. Recently, we lowered the flag to half-staff for several days while the family came in and had a memorial service.”
Councilman York Smith spoke next stating, “I had it lowered. I thought we owed it to him. He spent nine years here on the city council. He was a service man and I think he deserved it. Jim was a good councilman and we spread his ashes over the little field down there yesterday. He worked with me many a day and he was a good man and I thought that was the least we could do was lower the flag for him.”
The meeting continued, allowing for public comment. Following public comment, the council approved the minutes from the meetings held on Dec. 10 and 15 2015.
Under new business, the council approved the December Financial Report, General Fund bills of $110,585.53, and to ratify the December payroll for $53.343.92.
The next item on the agenda was personnel. Carlton said, “We have received resignations of Nancy Ray and June Huff due to retirement and other reasons. I request that someone make a motion that we received those resignations.”
Councilwoman Sherri Hairston-Brown made the motion that the resignations have been received by council. The motion was seconded by Smith and was approved unanimously. Carlton responded saying, “These two individuals have retired from the Clerk’s Office. We appreciate both of their services to the city and we gave them a plaque during the ceremony we had here at the office. We will miss them for sure.”
Smith agreed stating, “They did a great job.”
The meeting then went into executive session to discuss the hiring of an employee to the City Clerk’s Office. Following an hour long executive session, the council stated that there was nothing to report on the matter. “After being in executive session regarding personnel, there is nothing to report,” Carlton said.
The next item to be approved was the final reading of an amendment to Ordinance 345.36. “This amendment changes and clarifies what roads may be used by ATVs in the city,” Carlton explained.
The next Williamson City Council meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 28 at Williamson City Hall.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)