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News June 9, 2009  RSS feed

City of Jewett swears in Mayor and three Aldermen

By Sherry Matney

Mayor Judi Kirkpatrick administers the "Oath of Office" to returning Aldermen Bessie Woodall and Carmen Flores; and to newcomer John Sitton. Sherry's Shots Mayor Judi Kirkpatrick administers the "Oath of Office" to returning Aldermen Bessie Woodall and Carmen Flores; and to newcomer John Sitton. Sherry's Shots The Jewett Meeting of the Government Body was held on June 8, 2009 at the Jewett City Hall. The first item under New Business was the "Oath of Office". At that point City Secretary Virginia Sitton swore in returning Mayor Judi Kirkpatrick; following with Kirkpatrick swearing in three aldermen. Bessie Woodall and Carmen Flores who are both returning to the board and newly elected John Sitton. Jimmy Mills was reappointed as Mayor Pro Tem.

On behalf of the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, Virginia Sitton requested funds from the Hotel/Motel money to fund a Fall Classic Coon Hunt. This will be a smaller hunt than the one in January and will be held on July 31 and August 1. The intent is to pull hunters from Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. The amount requested was $5,000 against the $57,000 currently in the Hotel/Motel account. The request was approved.

Earlier the Board had applied and was approved for a grant to purchase a generator at the waste water plant. After consideration and reevaluation, it was decided to switch the request to another project which would be less expensive and more beneficial to the city.

The Board voted to approve the use of ad valorem tax software provided by Prichard and Abbott, Inc. The cost will be $4,250 per year with a one time training and installment fee of $1,000. This process will completely automate the record keeping and tax collection process.

Chief of Police Larry Whittington gave his monthly police report stating that there were 114 citations written. The department plans to participate in a National Night Out in October which will involve demonstrations with police dogs and explanations of equipment. "It is an opportunity for the community to come out and visit" said Chief Whittington.

Chamber of Commerce President Kristi Vandergriff reported that a "Raise the Roof" fundraiser would be held on July 11 to raise funds for a new roof on the Civic Center. Nucor and NRG will pay for supplies and the Chamber will provide the labor.

The Annual Fall Frolic will be on October 10 and will include a chili cook off and beauty (scholarship) pageant.

Mayor Kirkpatrick reminded everyone that the Relay for Life will be held at the Leon High School Friday, June 12.


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