Longtime Clarkson City Commissioner Kay Gibson has resigned from her position, and, on Monday, May 8, the City Commission voted to appoint Clarkson native Debbie Myers to finish Gibson’s term.
Gibson’s letter of resignation was read by Mayor Pro Tem Bob Vincent during Monday’s regular Clarkson City Commission meeting.
Per the letter, Gibson resigned from the City Commission because she has moved out of the area.
In the letter, Gibson states she is proud of the city and based her decisions on what she felt would be most beneficial to Clarkson.
Gibson was originally appointed as a City Commissioner on Oct. 9, 2006 to replace Leon Miller, who had resigned, according to Clarkson City Clerk/Treasurer Scotty Gore.
Gibson would go on to win the election the following month, and began her first full, two-year term in January of 2007.
Gibson resigned for personal reasons on Jan. 13, 2014 but ran again in the November 2014 election. She won re-election and served from January of 2015 until this past Monday.
After Vincent read Gibson’s letter of resignation, the City Commission voted to accept it.
Additionally, Gibson, in her letter, suggested Myers be appointed to finish her term, a selection that, according to Vincent, was supported by Mayor Bonnie Henderson.
“I don’t think we could do much better,” said Vincent, of Myers.
The City Commission, after a brief discussion, then voted to appoint Myers to finish Gibson’s term.
A retired nurse administrator, Myers was born and raised in Clarkson, graduating from Clarkson High School in 1969. She lived in Elizabethtown for some time before returning to Clarkson.
She currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member with the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College nursing program.
In other business:
*Gore announced that the city’s next blood drive will be held this Saturday, May 13 from 12 p.m. (noon) until 5 p.m. at Clarkson City Hall.
*Clarkson Fire Chief Andy Cain requested approval to begin looking for replacement vehicles for the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department’s command vehicle and pumper.
Cain estimates a new command vehicle will cost around $10,000, which will likely be purchased entirely through revenue from county fire dues.
However, Cain said he expects to request about $30,000 from the city to help pay for a new pumper, and to at least match that amount with fire dues.
He estimates the new pumper will have a lifespan of at least 15 years.
The City Commission authorized Cain to begin researching these projects.
*Larry Cann, of Cann-Tech, provided an update on the status of funding for Clarkson’s sewer system project.
Cann said the project has been approved to receive a $1 million grant, but he is still waiting to receive confirmation that the project will receive an additional $400,000 block grant.
After Cann-Tech receives word about the block grant, Cann said, the company will finalize plans for the project.
*The City Commission voted to adopt a proclamation declaring the week of June 4 through June 10 to be Bicycle Safety Week in Clarkson.
Vincent said this is an annual tradition held near the beginning of summer break for Grayson County youth to bring awareness to child bike riders and encourage drivers to be observant on the roadways.
*The City Commission voted to adopt a Sewer User Agreement for new customers of the Clarkson sewer system.
The agreement will ask new customers to sign to affirm they understand their responsibilities as a sewer customer.
Current Clarkson sewer customers will not be required to sign the agreement.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.