By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger
Monday’s council meeting began with a farewell to a long-serving council member and ended with the appointment of citizens to numerous boards.
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE: Decatur Mayor Martin Woodruff (left) presented outgoing Decatur City Council Member Jay Davidson with a plaque that included a clock as a token of appreciation for his years of service to the city. A reception for Davidson was held prior to Monday’s council meeting. Messenger photo by Brian Knox
The reception was held to honor Jay Davidson, who is leaving the council due to term limits. Davidson thanked those he had served with, including city staff, and encouraged all citizens to serve on the council at some point.
Mayor Martin Woodruff presented Davidson with a plaque as a token of appreciation from the city.
One of the first orders of business was to swear in Mike McQuiston, who is taking over Davidson’s Place 5 seat. Woodruff was also sworn in, but two other council members who are beginning new terms, Carmelina Holloway and Cary Bohn, were absent.
Randy Bowker was voted to serve as the new mayor pro-tem with Bohn to serve as the deputy mayor pro-tem. Woodruff explained that those positions are usually held by the longest-serving council members.
Susan Cocanougher will replace Davidson as one of the council’s Economic Development Corp. board representatives.
Woodruff was elected to continue serving as the city’s representative to the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Bowker will continue serving as airport liaison.
The council also approved the following appointments to five different boards with terms to expire May 31, 2018 (unless otherwise noted):
Library Board – Nancy Rosendahl, Angela Smith, Eric Vincent and Kristen TribeParks Board – T.J. Moye and Sandra BagwellCivic Center Advisory Board – Jeannine Eaton, Loraine Burton and Joe LambertMain Street Advisory Board – Holly Fuller (term to expire May 31, 2017), Diane Sanders, Theresa Thornton, John Lanier, Cyndi Fernihough and James MacikCemetery Board – Gene Blagg, Wayne Stone, Ann Logue, Frank Perrin and Angela Smith
The council also reappointed the following Cemetery Board officers: Ann Logue, president; Wayne Stone, vice president; Joyce Horton, secretary.
In other business, Main Street Director Frieda Hanley said property owner Mark Moran had requested the city close an alley that also serves as an entrance point to a parking lot off Main Street just west of the square.
“Our concern is pedestrian traffic,” Hanley said, since the driveway is right next to a building, which creates a blind spot.
After some discussion, the city decided to talk further with Moran and adjacent property owners about the issue.
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