RIPLEY - Emotions ran high at last Tuesday’s Ripley City Council meeting, where fellow government officials and family members paid tribute to Councilman Russ Vannoy on the occasion of his last official meeting on the panel.
Vannoy was thanked for his 10 years of service to the community as a member of the governing panel as each member of the council addressed him and offered their personal thanks for his friendship, guidance and help.
“Our city has been blessed to have you and we’ve been blessed to serve with you. I consider you a real friend,” said Councilman John McGinley in an emotional thank you.
Family member Tonya Ball said that the Vannoy family was proud to share their blessing from God with the City Council and the City Ripley.

Mayor Carolyn Rader presented Vannoy with the key to the city.

Vannoy told the Council and the gallery that he was really proud of Ripley and all the council members for what they have done and what they continue to do to make Ripley a better place to live for everyone.

In other action, Council:
• Heard a report from the Wolfe Contracting, contractor on the new sheriff’s building, that three trees on Maple Street would need to come down and that two parking meters are also being removed. Ground was to be broken the following day (Wednesday) and footers for the new building would be dug on Monday (yesterday).
• Viewed a audio-visual presentaation on t he city by Doug Skeen.
• Ripley Police Cpl. Brad Anderson, DARE officer for Ripley Middle School, presented his top two students, Kylie Isner and Garrett Southall, who read their DARE essays and were presented with new bicycles.
• City Clerk Tom Armistead told council that his preference for a financial institution to finance the water project is United Bank. Council approved that selection with the unanimous vote.
• Accepted the certified election results from the recent municipal election.
• Were introduced to Bradley Parsons who will become a water operator filling the vacancy left by Doug Skeen who is moving to the position of information specialist. Parsons, who hails from family of water operators, was approved for  the position by a unanimous vote of council.
--Were presented with copies of the first publication from the new convention and visitors Bureau.
--Voted to buy a full page color ad in the upcoming Jackson Newspapers Fourth of July program.
• Heard Chief of Police Raymond Fridley present the monthly activities report for his department.
• Were informed the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected city officials will be held June 29 at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall.