Ray Anderson recently turned in his resignation to the Ripley City Council during a Tuesday evening council meeting. Mayor Carolyn Rader regretfully accepted his resignation from council.
Anderson has accepted a position with the city as the City of Ripley public relations officer (PRO). He will be working in the Ripley schools to assist students, parents, and other groups as well as keeping the lines of communication open between the institutions and its audiences.
During the Tuesday evening council meeting on Aug. 6, Rader presented Anderson with a plaque recognizing his years of service for the City of Ripley and then swore him in as the PRO.
In other business:
• Council accepted and approved the meeting minutes of July 16, with the addition of the reasoning for closing the entire Municipal Parking Lot during the fourth of July carnival; pedestrian safety being the major reason.
• Council approved the payment of the financial statements as presented.
• Rader announced the City of Ripley has received a grant from the USDA in the amount of $458,000 to repair the dam below city hall at the water plant.
• Brian Anderson reported there has been 12 arrests in the past 15 days; four for methamphetamine of which the new K-9 officer found three. He also noted five felony arrests.
• Attorney Kevin Harris thanked Matt Anderson with his help on Phase II of the sewer project ordinance. A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 and the third reading of the ordinance will also be held on Aug. 20.
• Doug Skeen reported that Ripley is on the agenda with the Home Rule Board at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Skeen noted he has also been working on the hand held map applications.
• Bryan Thompson recommended Rick Buckley to fill the vacancy on City Council created when Anderson resigned. Council approved the recommendation.
• Following the swearing in of Anderson, Rader swore in Allen Ferrell as the new member of the Ripley Utility Board.
• Council voted to approve the operation and maintenance agreement relating to the annual maintenance of Mill Creek Dam 13.
• Next Ripley City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Ripley Municipal Building located at 203 Church Street South, Ripley.