Aldermen Jerry Mizell and David Daugherty were absent from the meeting — Mizell due to a death in the family; Daugherty due to work.
The council voted on Dec. 10 not to hold its Dec. 26 meeting due to the Christmas holiday. Among the council’s first items of business Monday was the payment of salaries, payroll, and contract bills and payment of miscellaneous bills from that cancelled meeting.
In other business, the council:
• Following a presentation of the June 30, 2012 Audited Financial Statements by Keith Slusser with Fick, Eggemeyer & Williamson, CPA, approved the statements as presented. In going over the report, Slusser noted it was a clean audit report according to auditing standards. He also noted the city’s pension funds went up, which is a good sign in the present economy.
“We have an audit every year, contrary to coffee shop talk, and we are accountable for all the money that is here,” remarked Mayor Billy McDaniel. “It goes to show you that none of us has got homes in Florida or anything like that. We are in compliance. One of the things that everybody on this council and in city government should be proud of is our pension program. These people have worked very hard through the years and they deserve knowing elected officials are taking care of their investment that they’ve worked all their lives for.”
• Accepted Change Order #2 for the Highway 45 Lighting Phase 2 to F.W. Electric.
• Accepted Invoice No. 132, along with Pay Estimate No. 4 in the amount of $19,927.20, to F.W. Electric, Inc. for the Highway 45 Lighting Project.
• In two separate votes, accepted the resignation of Kenneth Halstenberg from the Metropolis Public Library Board with Rhonda James as his replacement.
• Accepted the amendment to the Metropolis Area Tourism Commission (MATC) bylaws, which changes its meeting time to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month.
• Accepted the low bid of $46,028.32 from Kemper Technology for new computers for City Hall and the Mapping and Zoning Department.
• Approved the placement of credit card machines in the City Clerk’s Office.
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