In regard to the Highland Fire Department, Mayor Richard Smith asked council for approval to spend up to $5,300 to repair concrete near the building for safety purposes.
The mayor said he had invited some local contractors to inspect the concrete and bid on a retaining wall. One had already turned in a proposal. Council granted Smith permission to allow the contractor with the best price to perform the work for the city.
In other unfinished business, Alderman David Harris presented a proposal to refurbish the sign in front of the fire department -- repairing an eyesore left from the 2009 tornado. He said he had visited with representatives of area banks and was seeking donations to help fund the work.
Harris said there was a similar sign in Cherokee Village in which another local bank had donated the needed funds and was in turn provided with advertising space.
To keep the donation process fair, he said he would wait to hear from other banks regarding a possible donation.
Harris proposed that the drawing created by a local sign company be used to guide the project. Council agreed, and Harris said he would report back in August on his findings before moving forward with the project.
A long discussion took place at the suggestion of increasing business license fees to create additional revenue for the city.
After careful consideration, the council unanimously voted to leave the fee at $10 for businesses. The consensus was, that the income from an increase would be minimal, and would not make a big enough impact. Others spoke about the importance of drawing new businesses to the area and keeping the current ones as another reason for not raising the rates.
In other businesss, the Mayor removed Alderman Lyda McGuire as the Chairman for the Street committee, stating it had not met in over a year. He appointed Alderman Larry Allen to the position.
Mayor Richard Smith told council members that, at the recent Municipal League Summer Conference, the city received a Four Star Municipality Award for excellence in loss prevention. Clerk/ Treasurer Mary Wiles also came home from the conference with the Adrian White Municipal Leadership Award, for her dedicated service to the league for six years.