A proposal to increase Alderman terms from two to four years was defeated at the Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting Oct. 20.
Mayor Bob Spear read two letters of resignation -- Steve Smith resigned as a member of the Planning Commission, the Building Committee and the Board of Zoning Adjustments.John Miller Jr., resigned as MRID Commission due to health and personal reasons.
The overlay and striping of the airport runway has been completed.
Paul Sulser, who reports for the Honorary Police, told council members the organization is in need of volunteers.Ken Ballman updated the council on the Industrial Commission and said the commission currently has five members but was originally set up for seven. Ballman said the group would welcome ideas from citizens.Ballman said the commission promotes industrial growth by targeting small businesses including manufacturing, distribution and assembly.
Ordinances 2003-10 and 2003-11 were both placed on second reading. Ordinance 2003-10 amends the zoning code and Ordinance 2003-11 increases the number of commissioners from three to five.
Ordinance 2003-13, a proposal to increase water rates, was sent back to the finance committee for further consideration.
Resolution 2003-04, establishing the real estate and personal property tax millage, was approved. The amounts to be collected in 2003 are: real estate -- 5 mills and personal property -- 5 mills.
Testing of the new antenna by Alltel for the cellular phone tower will be performed the first two weeks of November, said Mayor Bob Spear.
Spear said he spoke to Steve Jenkins of Cingular who is also proposing to erect an antenna. Location of the antenna is at Reeves tower on Day Road.
Officer Mark Long read the police activity report and reported the following: six thefts, three burglaries, one assault, one forgery, one harassment, four domestic disturbances, two vandalism, two disorderly conducts, two terroristic threatening, three narcotics, one DWI, one public intoxication, 34 traffic citations, 33 traffic warnings, five traffic accidents, one death investigation, three city code and ordinances, 27 miscellaneous complaints, six criminal cases cleared, 399 security checks, eight motorist assists, three fires attended, four citizen assists, one funeral escort, nine warrants/summons served, four telecare checks, five emergency welfare checks and nine prisoners held.
A special council meeting was held Oct. 22 and Shirley Kessler was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Miller's seat until March 31, 2004.