City Council Holds Last Minute Session Sept. 19

By Sue Curry Jones

On Wednesday last week, city officials posted a cancellation notice nullifying the Board of Aldermen’s meeting set for Tuesday, Sept 23. The notice ran in the Sept. 18 issue of the Herald.

The following day, however, on Thursday, city administrators gave notice a meeting was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. at Ava City Hall. Attending the session were Mayor Eddie Maggard and three councilmen, Burrely Loftin, David Norman and Keith Jones. West Ward Alderman Bill Long was absent.

During the brief session, aldermen authorized Mayor Eddie Maggard to sign and execute real estate closing documents for the sale of the “rock building” to buyers Karla Jane Brown and Lynne B. Chrislaw, of Ava. In August, city aldermen opted to sale the rock building located at the intersection of 3rd Street and East Washington Avenue, and accepted the buyer’s offer of $15,000. For the pending closing, aldermen Norman and Loftin gave motions granting the Mayor the right to execute the papers. The vote was 3-0.

Ava City Clerk Suzanne Welsh told councilmen the Superintendent of the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Steve Davis, has expressed the need to purchase two pieces of equipment for the plant site. In the request, Davis advised that $35,000 was set aside for the capital expenditure and the department needs to go forward with the purchases.

According to Welsh, Davis has researched the pieces and located a mixer motor at Independent Electric costing $9,551.25, and a UV system for $9,042.33 at Ray Lindsey. Councilmen asked the city clerk to advertise for bids to compare costs and verify options, since both items were over the $5,000 buying limit.

In closed session, council voted on a personnel issue.

City administrators and aldermen will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:00 p.m. at Ava City Hall.