Ripley City Council heard from 2010 US Census representative Taran Parsons at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening.


Ripley City Council heard from 2010 US Census representative Taran Parsons at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening. Parsons outlined the government’s census plans which will deliver a “short form” to every household and a “long form” to one out of six residences.

Council agreed to put a notice on utility bills beginning in January which will urge residents to return the forms.

Council also honored the award-winning Special Olympics team from Jackson County. Its members returned from the annual Summer Games in Charleston with a number of medals and the championship in the softball tournament.

Police Chief Jim Fridley announced that he was to receive two new police cruisers on Friday. They will be taken for the installation of lights and other equipment and for the application of police graphics.

Treasurer Tom Armstead told Council that the city had a carryover from last year’s budget of $377,392.78. The money will be allocated to various project over the course of the new fiscal year.

Mabel Chapman and Frank Crum, representatives of the Jackson County Historical Society, were at the meeting to ask for help locating a building or a part of a building for a permanent home for a county museum. The artifacts were housed in the old city building  but have been in storage for much of the time since the sale of that facility. Anyone who knows of a possible location may contact Mayor Carolyn Rader with the information.

Council voted to purchase advertising from the Ripley High Band Boosters for $500. The city’s logo will appear on the door of the new band equipment trailer.