DUBLIN - It was standing room only at the Dublin City Council meeting Monday night as friends and family turned out to see new council members sworn in.
Becky Norris, Jeff Weaver, Jimmy Williams and Jeff Timmons, along with returning member Tommy Sperry, all took the oath of office.
Mayor James “Red” Seigars was also sworn in for his third term.
Melba Reed and Tom Gordon were presented with appreciation plaques for their service to the city as council members.
Jeff Weaver was elected mayor pro-tem by unanimous vote.
Also Monday, the city authorized purchasing public works equipment with an expected expenditure of $300,000 — possibly more — from reserve funds.
City Manager David Carrothers said it only makes sense to purchase new equipment rather than keep trying to make repairs to the dilapidated equipment that the city currently owns.
For example, Carrothers said, the city has a paving machine that is a 1962 model that breaks within a couple of hours of being repaired.
“Most of the equipment is junk,” Carrothers said.
Carrothers said the city most likely will purchase a new paving machine, possibly four dump trucks, and other safety and necessary equipment.
“We’re spending more trying to keep this stuff running than we would making payments,” Carrothers said.
The council also voted to terminate the city’s credit card program that was begun about a year and a half ago, according to Carrothers.
Carrothers said citizens weren’t utilizing the credit card payment option available to them and, at times, it caused an accounting challenge, not to mention the cost of the program to the city.
Now, citizens may pay utilities or other bills by check, cash or money order, Carrothers said.
Citizens do have the opportunity to pay bills on line, and Carrothers said it was exciting to see how many people are now taking advantage of that option. Council members approved a reversibility agreement with CheckFree Services Corporation through Dublin National Bank, which will provide the city with same day notification of payment from the bank. This will alleviate the problem the city has had of someone paying a bill and then receiving a late notice because of the time span involved with the payment actually getting to the city, according to Carrothers.
In other business, the council:
Appointed Donna Hightower as chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee along with R.K. Wilcox as vice-chair and James Smith as secretary, Denied a request from Billy Bamber to re-zone property located at 300 South Shamrock from industrial to mobile home, Discussed the city emergency warning system and the proposed reverse 911 alternative, Adopted a policy that would allow holidays to be considered as workdays for purposes of overtime for city employees, Authorized locating the Veterans Memorial at the city library property, Passed an ordinance creating the duties and powers for the planning and zoning board, and Amended an existing ordinance to provide for non-conforming uses and structures.