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Moore elected to MRID

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Horseshoe Bend City Council voted unanimously Sept. 19 to elect Jeanie Moore to the city's MRID Commission.

Moore was the only person who applied for the position, vacated by former MRID Commissioner Ray Gill.

"I've known Jeanie since she moved here and I've known her to be a very hard working, diligent lady," said Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear.

According to a letter submitted to the council, Moore owned several businesses and worked as a registered nurse before retiring to Horseshoe Bend.

"I care very much about the community of Horseshoe Bend and hope that I have something useful to contribute to the success and growth of the future of Horseshoe Bend," Moore said.

Gill resigned from the MRID last month. In his resignation letter, Gill said the time constraints of the job were consuming his spare time. He was elected as a commissioner in February 2004.

A joint committee comprised of members of the city council and MRID met Aug. 30.

Alderman George Williamson, a member of the joint committee, said the purpose of the group is to find a solution to the MRID's budget problems and to foster a better relationship between the city and the MRID.

Spear said the city is trying to build a positive relationship with the MRID, but residents who are upset over property assessments and user fees need to be patient.

Williamson said it was agreed among the committee members that the MRID statutes need to be revised.

"There needs to be a compromise between the (property) assessments and user fees," Williamson said.

The committee will work to change the MRID's property assessment structure, Williamson said. In the future the property assessments charged by the MRID may be linked to the value of the property as appraised by the county, he said.

Joint committee members include Alderman Erv Metzinger and Barbara Bell and MRID Commissioners Barry Davenport, Lee Mears and Shirley Kessler.

The city council unanimously approved the purchase of new handheld radios for the police department and public works office.

The new radios will cost approximately $2,350.

Councilmen also unanimously approved the purchase of five Tazer guns for the city police department. The total cost for the Tazer guns will be $3,053.70.

Council members unanimously passed a resolution recommending the city's millage rate be set at 5 mills.

Spear said the rate is set each year by the county. He said the millage recommendation is the same as last year.

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