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Sharon swears in new mayor and aldermen

Story by Press Reporter Macenna True

The Sharon senior center hosted the November board meeting of mayor and aldermen. The center was packed with citizens who turned out to watch the swearing-in ceremony of the town’s newest mayor and aldermen.

Former mayor Ali Stalter opened the meeting by greeting those in attendance and wrapping up old business that was conducted during her tenure as mayor. This included an easement between the city of Sharon and the UFP/Wormser Company. City attorney Jeff Washburn explained that a land survey conducted by UFP had concluded that existing buildings were sitting in an area requiring the city to create a variance in the zoning to allow the buildings to function as they sit. In exchange for the variance, the company proposed allowing the city to retain use of a small section of the public park baseball field that sits on the company’s property. If approved, Washburn stated he would draft an easement to submit to the company. A motion was made to approve the easement and passed unanimously.

Before moving on to new business, Washburn asked those in attendance to give a round of applause for those who have served on the board and then called forth Donna Stricklin, Joe D. Jones, and Monroe Ary. In a joint ceremony, the three pledged to support the Constitution of the United States, Tennessee laws, Sharon ordinances and to “faithfully and impartially perform and discharge the duties of the office according to the law and the best of [their] ability.” They were welcomed warmly by citizens and took their seats at the table.

Stricklin took over the meeting for new business, beginning her tenure with announcements. The board will be donating $300 to the Chamber of Commerce for the annual Christmas party which will take place Dec. 8 at the Elks Lodge in Dresden.

Department heads then presented their reports. Parks and Rec Director Bill Bostwick reported plans to begin youth basketball league sign-ups in January. Public Works Director Greg Evans said they will be strategically picking up leaves in an orderly manner. His department will be looking to hire one employee soon. Fire Chief Gary Eddings reported the fire prevention class at the school during Halloween was a successful event with 300 hotdog meals served. Police Chief Mark Kimsey said the various traffic signs, purchased with the $5,300 of grant money procured by Officer Harris, are coming in and will be put up soon as discussed in last month’s meeting.

Upon adjournment, citizens enjoyed refreshments and mingling with their elected officials. The next board meeting will take place Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.


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