A detailed look at where the city’s money had been going of late was prompted by council member Gorman Collins, who asked first about purchases made for flowers and also inquired about whether or not the city could buy tires locally instead of in Perry County.
“These might be little things, but these add up,” Collins said Monday. “I think we have a responsibility to look at the bills.”
Various bills were discussed throughout the course of the meeting while other business was conducted before payment was approved by the attending council members. Members Kelly Moore, Donna Wells and B.D. Nunnery were not present for Monday’s regular meeting.
Moore recently fell under scrutiny following a property transfer in which, according to documents filed in the county clerk’s office, he sold a portion of land owned by the city. The council has been discussing what, if any, action should be taken against Moore following the transfer.
The city has also been considering a proposal from its director of economic development Brent Graden to construct a dog park within city limits.
The park would cost a maximum of $16,000 to build, according to figures offered to the council by Graden earlier this month, but will take a back seat for the time being to costs connected with construction of a new soccer field.
Mayor Jerry Fannin said the soccer field was budgeted for construction costs of $20,000 and that any surplus left from that project could be used to start looking more closely at the dog park proposal.
Other business taken care of Monday included setting a time the city would officially observe Halloween and conduct trick-or-treat. The council voted to have trick-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The date was set earlier than usual due to a growing number of calls from city residents hoping to plan events and eager for a date, Fannin told fellow council members.
Also, in hopes of curbing weekly fundraising efforts with roadblocks which have landed a few complaints in the laps of city leaders from motorists in the city, the council agreed to allow only 12 roadblock fundraisers each year, once a month. Enforcement of the limit would be the new focus, according to council members.