THE NEW FREEPORT City Council, at the July 27 meeting. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
Story by JEFFREY POWELL
The Freeport City Council held its second regularly scheduled meeting of the month on July 27, 2017, at Freeport City Hall. A large group of well-wishers gathered for the meeting to see two new council members sworn in and to see the return of Council member Elizabeth Brannon and Mayor Russ Barley, who were also sworn in by Judge David Green. The new council members are Amanda Green and William McCormick.
After the swearing-in ceremonies were performed, Freeport Finance Officer Sara Bowers informed the council that it was time to set a tentative millage rate before this year’s budget meetings began. She suggested that the current rate of 4.7302 mills be used, as the council could decide to lower rates but would not be able to raise rates above the tentative rate. The council approved her suggestion and set their first budget hearing for Sept. 14. Bowers also asked for and received permission to move forward with the purchase of three new vehicles for the water and sewer department and one new truck for the parks department. The vehicles will cost the city just over $102,000.
The parks department received permission to reduce pool operating hour after the beginning of school which takes place on Aug. 10.
Under new business Mayor Barley nominated Council member Eddie Farris to be this year’s Council president. Farris was unanimously approved to hold the position.
Council member Amanda Green’s first action was to suggest moving the Thursday evening meeting time to 6:30 p.m.. She said this would give working citizens more time to attend meetings. The meetings had been started at 6 p.m. The change will begin on Aug. 24.
Freeport Veterans Memorial President Tim Ard addressed the council concerning the unveiling of a new Purple Heart monument at this year’s Memorial Day observance. He also briefed the council on plans for a war memorial that he hopes can be unveiled on Memorial Day 2018.