Samburg board considers options for new alderman

Samburg board considers options for new alderman
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Longtime Samburg alderman Woody Cook has resigned from the Samburg board of aldermen.
He was absent from Monday night’s meeting as Mayor Larry Gene Davis read his brief letter of resignation, which was unanimously accepted by the board.
The board has two options for a successor for his seat on the board. Board members can appoint someone to serve the remainder of his term or can leave his seat vacant until the November general election.
“I say just wait. That’s my opinion,” board member Eddie Fickle said.
No action was taken Monday night, but Samburg resident Shannon Bartz was at the meeting and expressed interest in serving on the board.
Also during Monday night’s near half-hour meeting, the board granted second and final approval to an ordinance establishing fees for rural fire calls for those who haven’t paid a rural fire subscription fee. Fire Chief Ken Hogg was in attendance at the meeting and went over the details of the new policy.
The board was also given an update on the recent Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show.
The Samburg Tourism Committee had a booth at the show to promote the town as a tourist destination.
“It was quite a success,” Fickle said.
City Recorder Mary Swain and her husband, Ron, staffed the city’s booth for the full two weeks of the show. The board agreed to compensate Swain for working at the booth, giving him $300 for “stepping up for Samburg,” according to Fickle.
“I think that’s fair compensation,” he said.
In other action Monday night, the board:
• Approved a beer application for the new Baja Fresh Mex Grill, which will open Saturday in what was previously The Pier restaurant location. Elisha Spicer attended Monday night’s meeting and told The Messenger after the meeting the restaurant is now under the new ownership of Steve and Theodora • Agreed to purchase field nets for the Trojan Park ballfield. Volunteer parks director Tim Smith said the nets are needed for the safety of the younger children who play on the T-Ball, which is in the area where most home-run balls land.
Smith said when he took over the program in Troy, there were 119 children playing. There are already 158 signed up to play this year.
• Learned four new cameras were purchased for the police cars with grant money.
• Was informed a new police officer has been hired.
• Agreed to replace the town’s Christmas lights with LED lights. The cost will be around $2,000.
• Was informed by the mayor that the paperwork for the water plant grant, including surveys, has been submitted to the state.
• Was given copies of the financial statements.
• Received a report on a recent Tennessee Department of Transpor-tation meeting by alderman Ralph Wheatley.
• Decided to look at the town-owned trailer behind City Hall to determine if the board wants to repair it and continue to rent it out or if it wants to remove it.
• Heard from an alderman that a resident who houses his horses on property recently purchased by the town wants the town to give him some fencing which is on the property. The Mayor Jimmie Hart said he would check into the matter. Published in The Messenger 3.6.12

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