Joyce Bell was sworn in Monday evening as an interim Clarkson City Commissioner to replace long-time commissioner Scotty Gore, who will be taking over the duties of the city’s Clerk/Treasurer beginning in January.
Gore resigned his position as commissioner two weeks ago so that he could train to take over the duties of Clerk/Treasurer from Alicia Hayes, who will be retiring in December after 22 years on the job.
Clarkson Mayor, Bonnie Henderson, swore in Bell, who then took her seat among the other commissioners. Bell will finish out Gore’s term of office, which runs through the end of December.
The commission heard the second reading of an ordinance setting the tax rates in the city for the upcoming year. Property Tax rates were set at .087 cents per $100 of evaluation, Tangible Property Tax rates were set at .1107 cents per $100 of evaluation, and vehicle and water craft rates were set at .10 cents per $100 of evaluation.
The commissioners gave approval to a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 21-28 as Red Ribbon Week in Clarkson, and they set the hours for Trick-or-Treating on Halloween as being from 5-8 p.m.
City Attorney, Jeremy Logsdon, submitted his resignation, citing, among other reasons for leaving, his recent marriage.
“Jeremy has done an amazing job for the city and we will be sorry to see him leave,” Henderson told the commission.
In other business, the commission set a date for the lighting of the Christmas tree at city hall as Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 6 p.m. Santa will be there to greet children and hot chocolate and cookies will be served as refreshments.
City employees will have their Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, also at 6 p.m.
The commission also addressed the lighting of the trees along Hwy. 62 through town. In the past, the commissioners have done the work of illuminating the trees in downtown, but they agreed to look into the possibility of having Detention Center inmates doing the work. City Police Chief, Buck Meredith, agreed to pursue the matter with Jason Woosley to see if his inmates could do the job.
If the commissioners do the job themselves, they set a date of Saturday, Nov. 12 to do the work. Depending on whether the inmates do the job, the date for illuminating the trees will be sometime in the second or third week of November.
Commissioner Bob Vincent brought up the possibility of having an honor guard from Fort Knox participate in next year’s Honey Fest, both in the parade and at a booth in downtown where the Army could set up a recruiting station.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.