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SF’s Moody selected vice mayor

SF’s Moody selected vice mayor

By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
South Fulton City Commission member Charles Moody has returned to the vice mayor’s position he previously held.
Moody was selected for the position by a vote of 4-0 at Thursday evening’s city commission meeting, just moments after the commission formally voted to accept the resignation of commissioner William “R.K.” Kane, who had been serving as vice mayor.
Kane recently submitted his resignation from his Ward 5 city commission seat due to having moved outside the city limits of South Fulton.
Moody said he will miss Kane’s input on the panel and said he has enjoyed working with him. He further suggested the commission draft a letter of appreciation to Kane and all of the commissioners sign it.
In filling the vice mayor’s vacancy, South Fulton Mayor Ron Haskins nominated Moody after informing commissioners that he is scheduled to have back surgery over the summer and noting that Moody had previously held the vice mayor’s position. Commissioners David Crocker and Thomas Pettigrew joined Haskins and Moody in approving the motion.
Moody has served as a commissioner from the city’s Ward 1 since 2000.
In the near future, the commission will choose someone to fill the Ward 5 commission seat vacated by Kane. South Fulton city manager Jeff Vowell told commissioners he could compile a complete list of prospects for them if they would supply him with some names. Anyone from the Ward 5 area who is interested in the position is asked to contact Vowell at South Fulton City Hall.
Haskins said he wishes whoever is interested in filling the vacancy at this time would also be interested enough to check with the Obion County Election Commission in regard to filing the necessary paperwork to run for election to the commission in the fall.
In other action during Thursday evening’s meeting, which was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and with prayer led by Moody, the commission:
• Authorized Vowell to spend up to $2,875, if necessary, for a new ice maker for the city. The current ice maker, which has been having problems since the first of the year, is housed in the fire department but is used by all city departments.
Vowell said he has been searching for a good quality used ice maker but hasn’t yet located one and has learned that most companies prefer to lease them out. In the meantime, he has priced a new ice maker comparable to the one currently being used by the city. The price is $2,875, although Vowell said he would prefer to find something less expensive.
• Approved extending hours for use of the city’s Harvey Vick Community Center, which was done through a resolution to establish the policy and rates for the community room. Vowell had requested a change in the incremental times, asking that they be changed from four-hour blocks to eight-hour blocks, which will help renters who need time to set up prior to an event and clean up afterward.
The rates for renting the community room have not changed, though. Each eight-hour increment will be at a rate of $70. The city requires a deposit of $100 per event, with $50 refundable if no damage occurs and the key has been returned. For non-profit organizations, each eight-hour block is a $20 rental and a $50 cleaning deposit per event. The cleaning deposit will be refunded if cleaning is not required by the city following the event, with two people from the city to determine if cleaning is required.
Vowell said he hopes the change in the incremental times will help generate some interest in renting out the room.
• Learned that the official minutes of city commission meetings will once again be posted to the city’s Web site (www.cityofsouthfulton.org) within a few days of the meetings, starting with Thursday night’s meeting.
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Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.22.08

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