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Cluts resigns from Bend council

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Staff Writer

For the third time in as many months, the Horseshoe Bend City Council is replacing one of its own.

Ward 1 position 2 Alderman Owen Cluts resigned from the council June 21 at the meeting.

"I didn't expect to get married this quick," said Cluts with a laugh. Cluts, a member of the council since December, said he and his new wife decided to move to Walls, Miss.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear thanked Cluts for his hard work and said he would be missed. Cluts' resignation will become effective July 30.

The council unanimously elected Ron Dupler to replace former Alderman Mike Turner. Dupler, a former accountant in the oil and gas industry, said he moved to Horseshoe Bend in December with his wife, Jean, from Houston.

Turner, who said he was moving to Illinois, resigned from the council in May.

The city council unanimously approved two ordinances to increase property assessments for the MSID and the CSID.

Ordinance 2004-03 increases MSID assessments by $3 for property owners who had an assessed value of $36 or less under the older assessment rules. Property owners with assessments greater than $36 will see a $10 increase in their assessments.

Ordinance 2004-04 increases the assessments for CSID from $30 to $50.

Spear said the increases were necessary to cover increasing costs for maintaining the roads. He said the road crews were doing a good job and the city needed to support them.

Spear accepted the resignation of MRID Commissioner Shirley Walker. MRID office manager Tabitha Farnes said Walker resigned because her husband is ill. Walker was appointed to a three-year term on the commission in March.

The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police gave the Horseshoe Bend City Police its 2000 model Chevrolet Tracker.

The honorary police purchased a new Chevrolet Tracker with money it received from daily house inspections.

Spear said the city police needed the vehicle because the city police department's 1994 Ford Crown Victoria had recently thrown a rod. Repairing or replacing the vehicle would have been costly, he said. Spears added he was grateful to the honorary police for its generous gift.



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