Hornbeak fills board vacancy

Hornbeak fills board vacancy
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A vacancy on the Horn-beak board of aldermen has been filled.
The board voted 4-0 Tuesday night to appoint Hornbeak resident Cody Caksackkar to fill a vacancy created by the death of Paula Parker.
Mrs. Parker died Sept. 27 following a long battle with cancer. She was a retired rural mail carrier who was dedicated to her community and was serving as Hornbeak’s vice mayor at the time of her death.
The board voted during its last meeting in October to name alderman Dennis Dozier as vice mayor and delayed action on filling the vacancy on the seven-member board in order for anyone interested to step forward. The board did not meet in November due to various postponements.
Aldermen learned Tues-day night that Caksackkar, a volunteer firefighter, was the only person who expressed interest in serving on the town’s board. He will officially be sworn in at next month’s meeting.
In other action during Tuesday night’s hour-long meeting, the board:
• Was reminded that Hornbeak’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., with lineup starting at 1 at Black Oak Elementary School.
• Voted to place “road closed to thru traffic” signs on Short Street, with additional action pending, if necessary, to remedy problems with speeding and other traffic violations which create a safety hazard in the area.
• Authorized city recorder Joyce Truett to check with local banks to find the best interest rate and move some invested cemetery funds from an investment firm to a bank. The action came after the town was recently notified by the state comptroller’s office that the donated funds, which were in a mutual fund, were not invested according to state law.
• Approved a written debt management policy as recently required by state law.
• Approved reimbursement for a heater for the fire station and approved payment of an invoice from the fire department’s account for medical supplies, including a back board.
• Voted to purchase health insurance for Ms. Truett, who indicated there is a fund to provide for the expense.
• Voted to get started with drawing up and proceeding with annexation plans, which will increase the size of the town by 102 people, according to Dozier.
• Approved payment of a Tennessee Municipal League invoice for workers comp insurance.
• Approved payment of an invoice for the balance of the town’s new Christmas lights, which are various twinkling white snowflake designs. Aldermen said they have heard many positive comments about them.
• Rescheduled the next regular meeting for Jan. 10 rather than Jan. 3.
Aldermen Debi Jerden and Paul Truett were absent from Tuesday night’s session.
Published in The Messenger 12.8.11

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