The Clifton City Commission met in regular session on Monday, June 24th, 2019 at City Hall in Clifton. Commissioners in attendance included Mayor Randy Burns, Vice Mayor Layton Packwood, Commissioner Mark Staggs, and Commissioner Eva Ruth Warren. City Manager Doug Kibbey and Administrative Assistant Kiersten Rainey were in attendance as well. Commissioner Bill Willoughby was absent.
Mayor Burns called the meeting to order. Austin Clark offered the invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Commissioner Warren made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Staggs, and passed unanimously.
First under new business on the agenda, Ms. Denise Lineberry addressed the commission, stating that the fee for the Clifton Senior Citizens dumpster has increased. Following a discussion regarding the city possibly increasing the donation amount in the budget that is given to the Senior Citizens, the commission agreed that there needs to be more discussion on how to handle non-profit organizations’ bills.
Next was the second reading of the ordinance that regulates the use of engine compression braking devices within the city limits. Commissioner Staggs made a motion to pass the second reading of the ordinance. Commissioner Warren seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
City Manager Kibbey then addressed some items under old business:
-The work that Ms. Stacey Huntingford has done at the Clifton Marina will pay for her lease fee for the next 18 months.
-The fire hall sprinkler system will have to be approved by the State Fire Marshal. A discussion followed regarding the need to get a letter of commitment from the Wayne County EMS Service before all the work is done at the fire hall. No action was taken by the commission.
-All commissioners except Commissioner Staggs are required to have Utility Board training completed by November. Commissioner Staggs will have up to one year from the time he was elected to complete the training. The State Water Board will inspect to make sure all commissioners have completed the training.
Department reports were next. Public Works Director Austin Clark reported that everything is going well in his department. He said that there is a customer who has complained about their water pressure, and a discussion followed concerning installing a new water line versus changing out the customer’s meter. Mayor Burns stated that he was in favor of getting the new water line installed, and putting it up for bid. The new line would go from Vine Street to Main Street, to the intersection of Walnut Street. The cost of materials would be approximately $5,500. City Manager Kibbey said that the project would have to be engineered, and Director Clark said that he could get the specifications drawn up for the new line.
Next was a discussion concerning the need for a forklift for the Utility Department. The commission agreed to purchase a forklift and battery charger from Dwight Thompson for $3,500.
City Manager Kibbey went on to inform the commission of the following items:
-The city’s dock has been stripped to the frame for the installation of floats. Once the floats are installed, the dock should not float away again.
-The city is waiting on Tommy Tinin to give a quote on how much it would cost to get the walking bridge moved back into place at the city park.
-FEMA has estimated that it will cost approximately $120,000 to get another pump system installed in town.
Police Chief Byron Skelton reported that his department has received their new truck. Also, Officer Timmy Dale Harris, who has been out on sick leave, would be returning to work that night.
Fire Chief Lindsay Roberts reported that the work on the fire hall kitchen has been completed.
City Manger Kibbey told the commission that the T-Shirt Shop in town was charged a $500 fee to be able to sell from their business during the Horseshoe Riverbend Festival last year. He recommended that vendors who have businesses within the festival area only be charged a $1 permit fee. In addition, all military personnel will be able to get in free at this year’s festival. The profits from the festival will be used for a memorial for veterans. Also, City Manager Kibbey announced that Mrs. Carol Kibbey is the new Clifton Rotary Club President.
Vice Mayor Packwood asked that the city spray Roundup in the ditches around town to keep the weeds from getting overgrown. Packwood went on to ask that a light be installed at the intersection of Highway 128 and Highway 641.
With no further business to come before the commission, the meeting was adjourned.