The last Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting of the year was held Dec. 18 at city hall. Mayor Bob Barnes expressed his appreciation to the aldermen and the recorder/treasurer who will no longer be on the board by Jan. 1, 2009.
"Lloyd, thank you sir for the time you spent with us. We're gonna miss you. I've enjoyed you. The city council has lost a great employee but the city has gained a great citizen," Mayor Barnes said to Alderman Lloyd Ryan who is being replaced by Chris Miller in January.
"Sally, I really don't have words to say to you," Mayor Barnes said to Sally Pohl, the city's recorder/treasurer. "I'm gonna miss you. You made my job extremely easy."
Pohl's position will be filled by Michelle Grabowski.
Aldermen Smiley Lenhard and Wally Mettler, who were not present at the city council meeting, will also be replaced at the beginning of the year. Luther Yancey will take Lenhard's place on the council and John Mosser will take Mettler's position.
To spread the Christmas cheer a bit further, Mayor Barnes made a motion. He said Governor Mike Beebe has declared Dec. 26 a paid holiday for state employees. Mayor Barnes made a motion to declare Dec. 26 not only a paid holiday for state employees but for city employees as well. The motion was carried unanimously.
Ordinance 2008-15 was also approved unanimously. The ordinance approves the 2009 budget. At the city's last finance committee meeting on Dec. 10, the committee discussed changes to the 2009 budget. The emergency clause in the budget was also approved. The changes to the budget included eliminating one full-time and one part-time police officer, a full-time position at the water department, changing the court clerk to a half-time position and eliminating the purchase of a new truck at the fire department.
Resolution 2008-15 passed unanimously. The resolution changes who the authorized check signers for the city are. The new check signers are Mayor Barnes, Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. These signatures will be in effect on Jan. 1, 2009.
The council also unanimously approved Ordinance 2008-14. This ordinance approved the 2008 budget so it could be put into the computer and the 2009 budget could proceed.
The time for the next Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting has yet to be announced.