No action was taken at the Miami City Council Meeting after an executive session to discuss hiring an interim city manager to fill the position when the present Interim City Manager Tim Wilson's resignation takes affect April 5 at 5 p.m. Two possible candidates for the spot, Miami Fire Chief Ronnie Cline and NEO's James Whisenant, being considered for the job have been put on hold for procedural reasons to allow the Public Utilities Board to meet to discuss the issue.
A Special Joint Meeting of the Miami City Council and Public Utilities Board is scheduled for March 22 at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss, consider and possibly vote to fill the interim position.
There was no action taken on contract negotiations between the FOP Lodge #121, IAFF Local 1969 and the City of Miami.
The council unanimously voted to declare April 20, 'Carol Littleton Day' in Miami to honor the native of Miami for her outstanding accomplishments in the film industry.
Recently appointed Miami Area Chamber of Commerce Director Ian Drake gave a report on activities including Miami NOW, 'Spin to Win', the Fourth of July celebration, 'Girls Night Out' and Spring Expo. The 'Living Local' campaign was explained which features TV and radio spots using local celebrities encouraging citizens to shop locally, and billboards at the entrance roads into the City.
“The Living Local campaign is a passion of mine...we've really started seeing some traction in this area,” Drake said.
He said that repetition of the message is key to getting citizens to shop locally to increase the tax revenue to help support the City.
The only citizen to speak during the citizen input portion of the meeting, Dr. Greg Heibert, a local dentist, addressed the council asking them about the recent vote to replace the stop signs with stoplights at the intersection of Main and 1st Avenue. Heibert asked the council if the City of Miami had ever had a traffic study completed for the changes made there. Heibert said he had contacted Public Works Director David Rountree prior to the meeting as instructed and he did not know the answer because Rountree was not here at that time.
Councilman Dalgarn said he was not aware of any study being done. Miami City Attorney David Anderson said he did not have an answer to this question either.
The Council approved the purchase of a 20 Thousand LB Class Boring Unit from Ditch Witch of Tulsa, accepting a bid for $205,790.93 at a 2.93 percent interest rate from Empire Financial and a contract with Welch State Bank for the purchase of a dump truck for $107,649. The Boring Unit will be used to drill holes under roads, driveways and streets for utility projects and can bore holes up to 12 inches in diameter.
An ordinance rezoning 1631 C Street NE as RM-2 as recommended by the City Planning and Zoning Commission was approved.
Chief of Police George Haralson recognized four retiring Officers, Scott Garber with 23 years of service, Brad McMinn with 23 years, Ken Brodrick with 28 years, and Mike Brashers with 6 years and 2 months.
The council unanimously voted to approve inventory resolutions transferring their weapons and badges to the retiring officers.
Approval was given for the expenditure of up to $6,800 for Emergency Management Director Glenda Longan to attend Northeastern State University's certification in Emergency Management and Planning.The expense will be reimbursed through the State and Local Assistance Pilot Project after Longan completes the course.
Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director Amanda Davis distributed copies of the Three State Route 66 Travel Guide highlighting cities on Route 66's attractions and events. She said that a first printing of 61,000 copies will be sent out and handed out at CVB and the Miami Visitor's Center.
The $400 use fee was waived for the use of the Civic Center gym for Family Activity Night for two churches coming together for the event, the Catholic Church and Methodist Church.
“On behalf of all the families, we thank you very much,” Billie Barlow, who presented the request, said after the vote.
During the new business portion of the meeting Joe Waldon Assistant Public Works Director reported that code enforcement cited 471 violations, and 340 corrections have been made since January.
The replacement of three alleys in downtown Miami was discussed at a cost of $70,000 to $90,000 for each alley and will help to prevent flooding that is occurring in businesses there.
The Consent Agenda was approved with no questions and included the minutes from March 5, Purchase Orders from March 8 and March 19 and the approval for expenditures of the Coleman Theater new Conference and Ballroom renovation purchase orders.