Butterfield Council discusses Alderman Todd's resignation

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Butterfield City Council discussed the resignation of Letha Todd, west ward alderman, at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 21.

Todd submitted a written letter of resignation prior to the July council meeting, which stated that she has moved out of the Butterfield city limits.

Georgia Wenell, city clerk, advised the aldermen that they could appoint a replacement for Todd or allow her seat to remain vacant until the April 2009 election. If the seat is not filled, all remaining council members will be required to attend all future meetings to establish a quorum, said Wenell.

The council decided to table the issue until the August meeting. Information will be gathered about individuals who might be interested in filling the remainder of Todd's term.

Larry Privett, water and wastewater employee, reported that the city's waterline extension project has nearly reached the intersection of Business 37 and Highway W. Privett plans to meet with the project engineer to discuss plans for crossing the intersection.

The project, which was approved in January, will extend city water services to three homes located near the bridge on Business 37 in Butterfield.

Privett also asked for permission to purchase some cold asphalt mix to patch holes created by the floods that occurred in the spring. After discussing Privett's request, the aldermen voted to purchase five tons of cold mix for the street repairs. Wenell will contact the Butterfield Road District about hauling the mix for the city.

In other business, the Butterfield City Council:

* Increased the city mileage reimbursement rate from 40 to 50 cents per mile.

* Voted to destroy any unused checks and deposit slips from the city's old accounts at Commerce Bank. Banking services have been transferred to Freedom Bank.

* Tabled a discussion on hiring a summer employee to assist with mowing services.

* Voted to donate a used light bar to the Butterfield Fire Protection District.

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