New mayor, aldermen watch old board’s final meeting

RIPLEY – In their last regular meeting as a board, Ripley’s mayor and aldermen took care of the following items of business. There to watch were mayor-elect Kerry Hill, as well as aldermen-elect Joe Bryant of Ward 1, Homer Richardson of Ward 2, and Lonnie Smith of Ward 3.

Ward 1 Alderman Sherill McCoy was absent from the meeting.

The board:

–Approved the regular May meeting minutes, as well as minutes of a special May 21 meeting.

–Approved several city employees and future city employees attending the MMML Conference in Biloxi July 12-16. Those signing up to go include Kerry Hill, Joey Bryant, Lonnie Smith, Homer Richardson, Lisa Mauney, Kathi Watson, Robin Vernor, Wade Crawford, Bonnie Caviness, and Kevin Hall.

–Approved North Half Constable Terry Mathis serving warrants for the City of Ripley when South Half Constable Keith Bullock – who normally does that job – is unavailable.

–Chose Alderman-at-Large Bonnie Caviness to be the city’s MML voting delegate, and chose Wade Crawford and Kerry Hill as first and second alternates.

–Approved a MDOT-required Title VI non-discrimination forum that bars discrimination in contracts entered into by the city.

–Approved participation in the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan, which obtains free bonds for aldermen.

–agreed to advertise to set a public hearing on cleaning up a Huddleston Drive property for the board’s July meeting. The property is owned by Guerrero Sarafin Gonzalez, according to city records.

–At the request of Alderman Randy Windham, agreed to name a street off Moore’s Mill Road as Lindsey Cove.

–Approved giving Casey Martin, a City Gas Department employee, his operator’s pay.

–Accepted a written letter of resignation effective May 31 from Tate Paul, who was assistant superintendent of the Street Department

–Approved making Kathi Watson a deputy clerk for the city. The title is in addition to her current job as City Court Clerk and secretary to Mayor Harrison.

–Heard a financial report from Stephanie Clifton of Lindsey, Davis and Associates. The report contained no “findings” – a word Mayor Harrison joking defined as meaning “we didn’t break the law.”

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