Dublin City Council swears in McCann, moves forward on storm repairs

J. MICHAEL ROSS JRoss@EmpireTribune.com
Sarah McCann was sworn in as Dublin's newest city council member by city secretary Rhonda Williams on Monday.

The Dublin City Council met Monday to officially set its membership for the coming year and addressed storm damage to two city structures.

Sarah McCann − who was appointed in April to fill the term of former Councilman David Zinck who resigned that month – was sworn in by city secretary Rhonda Williams.

Zinck’s resignation meant that the sitting council was empowered to appoint a replacement to fill his remaining term in Ward 3. The Dublin City Council will abandon the ward system and move to an at-large system in the next general election.

In addition to McCann’s taking office, the council accepted the results of the 2016 election in which all incumbents ran unopposed, making its current membership official for the next year.

The council also moved forward on repairing storm-damaged City Hall and the city’s historic Train Depot.

In a presentation by Calvary Construction’s Jeb McConathy, renderings of a proposed pitched roof to replace the damaged flat roof at City Hall was authorized. This will serve to give the council some ideas as to what the final look of the new roof on City Hall might be.

Along with that discussion, City Manager Nancy Wooldridge was asked to investigate several types of roofing materials to repair storm damage to a flat portion of the Train Depot roof, with an eye toward a more sturdy pitched metal roof to replace it.

Mayor David Leatherwood said, “We’d like to do something with it that’s as close to the look of original clay tiles as possible, but using something that would be much more durable in storms like metal tiles.”

Wooldridge said the roof repairs on the Train Depot will run about $22,500 and added that, “There’s window damage that we have to address, too. It’s antique glass and I’m looking into what’s replacing that’s going to cost, as well.” 

Other agenda items included:

• Proclamations by Mayor David Leatherwood declaring May 9−15 National Police Officer’s Week and May 16–22 as Emergency Medical Service Week

• A report from city pool manager Jose Aleman on the status of the pool and upcoming summer schedule and events

• The appointment of Marilyn Lovelace and Bill Rodriguez to the Board of Adjustments

• An update on the painting of the elevated city’s elevated water tower

• The appointment of Steve Hightower to the Upper De Leon MWD Board for a three-year term

• Approval of a recommendation from the Ordinance Committee to adopt the revised Personnel Policy and make it effective June 1

• The appointment of Aaron Hoodie as Interim EMS Coordinator.