RIPLEY - With students from a college class observing in the gallery, Ripley City Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution that they intend to financially support Cedar lakes beginning with fiscal year 2014.
Councilman Russ Vannoy made the resolution motion and Councilperson Carolyn Waybright seconded it. The vote was unanimous (4-0) with Councilmen Bryan Thompson and Ed Moore absent.
Financial support will come from hotel/motel tax funds, and an exact dollar amount will be set when the city sets its budget for fiscal year 2014.
Mayor Carolyn Rader said that Senator Mitch Carmichael will present results of meetings to save Cedar Lakes and pledges of support to the State Board of Education on December 11.
In other action, Council:
• Voted to give city employees the entire day of Christmas Eve as a vacation day rather than one-half day. City Hall will be closed December 24-25 and re-open for business December 26.
• Voted to contribute $200 toward the cost of the upcoming Jackson County Wounded Warrior Project which will host 19 purple heart recipients for a three-day muzzleloader deer hunt. Organizers hope to make the hunt an annual event here. Councilman John McGinley made the motion to make the $200 donation and Councilperson Carolyn Waybright seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 4-0.
• Heard a report from City Supervisor Tim King that they city is ready for winter weather with salt and cinders on hand and machinery ready. He also reported work is progressing at sewer station locations with flow meters, etc.
King commented that the city’s holiday decorations and those on the McGinley Memorial Bridge look good and so does the city tree his crewmen erected and decorated. King said that sensors have been covered on some street lights due to the brightness of decoration lighting preventing the dusk-to-dawn function. Uncovering and covering the sensors daily would be too time consuming With the sensors covered, those street lights will burn constantly through the holidays, he said.
• Heard a report that city employees were very appreciative of the $250 “employee incentive” they each received.
• Heard a report from Ray Anderson of the Park Commission that the frame for the pole building for batting cages is up and the cages should tentatively be completed before Christmas. A midget football building has also been moved in and set, Anderson said.
• Heard Chief of Police Jim Fridley and Mayor Carolyn Rader report that the nighttime Christmas parade was a huge success and the business open house had record attendance. Fridley said people loved the lighted parade entries and the parade itself went well. Rader called the nighttime parade a “perfect” time. Cedar Lakes employees who served as parade marshals had a good time as honorees, Fridley added.
Page 2 of 2 - • Ripley Police Patrolman Jamie Hart will graduate from the Police Academy at Institute on December 13.