City Aldermen Jason Osbourne, Melissa Hays, Marvin Viloria and Connie Painter attend the Fishing for Freedom event held on June 2, supporting our country’s Veterans with American Flags, as the Veterans paraded through downtown Monroe City.

The Board of Alderman met in special session on May 28, after not having a full quorum for the previously scheduled meeting on May 23. The meeting was held to hear business which could not wait till the next regular scheduled meeting. Alderman present for the meeting were Connie Painter, Marvin Viloria, Jason Osbourne and Melissa Hays, along with Mayor John Long.

During the Public Works Report, the board reviewed bids for the repair of the 50-foot bucket truck. After discussing the options, the board voted to accept the bid from Kevin Painter for $1,000 to repair the starter on the bucket truck with all in favor.

Next, the board reviewed the administrative report. Administrator Jackie Pangborn had requested permission to solicit bids for two administrative positions, one for the license office and for administration. The board approved Pangborn to solicit bids for the two positions as requested.

In a previous meeting the board had discussed the option of selling the property located at 105 North Main Street, which is owned by the City. City Attorney Michael Williams had advised the council they would need to get the property appraised.

Pangborn requested permission to solicit bids for an appraiser for the property at 105 N. Main St. The board voted with all in favor to solicit bids for an appraiser for the property.

Utility write-offs for April were discussed during the meeting. After the discussion, Alderman Painter made a motion not to write-off these bills for accounting purposes only, Alderman Osbourne seconded, with Alderman Hays against the motion and Alderman Viloria abstained.

Lastly, the Mayor’s Report was given. The library board appointed new members and needed the board’s approval. The board approved the appointments made by the library board. The library board members are President Rusty Rothweiler, Vice President Gina Carroll, Secretary Steve Tonsor, Treasurer Emily Gares, Member JoAnn Woodall, Member Lisa Russell, Member Pam Potterfield and Member Jeannie Cheek.

The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street.  If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays.  The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts.  Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public.  Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting.  If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.

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