Seligman Council honors late alderman

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aldermen at Seligman City Council observed a moment of silence for the late James L. Bottorff during their April 11 meeting, honoring the man who had served on the city council for a number of years until his death on March 26. Bottorff had also served as the emergency management representative to the council.

Aldermen approved naming the Seligman Museum after Bottorff in his honor. Bottorff was a driving force behind the museum's inception and served as the museum curator for many years. The facility will now be called the James L. Bottorff Memorial Museum.

Aldermen also presented the Man of the Year Award to Byron Stephens for outstanding community service and support of the youth of Seligman. Stephens hosts a monthly youth night at the Community Center, often serving pizza and snacks.

In upcoming events, aldermen heard the city wide garage sale is slated for May 7, and those wishing to participate in the annual event should contact City Hall at 662-3600 to be placed on the map.

Also on tap will be the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Seligman Park on April 23. The event is sponsored by the Southwest High School's Family Career and Comm-unity Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. Students are asking local business owners for donations. Since the event had previously been sponsored by the city, alderman Latisha Pippin made the motion to donate $250 toward the project. The measure was unanimously approved.

City Clerk Joan Andrews gave the oath of office to Mayor Jason Raucstadt and aldermen Danny Joe Hendrix and Eric Freeman.

Alderman Michael Steen presented former Mayor Jerry Montgomery with a certificate of appreciation thanking him for serving as mayor since May 2009.

Police Chief Randy Kalbaugh was re-appointed to the position with police officers Bill Watkins, Dave Ruark, Terry Meek and Terry Burgess named as part-time officers for the coming year.

A new ordinance now allows Mayor Jason Raucstadt to make purchases for the city in amounts of up to $500.

Council members also approved a new fraud policy in an effort to prevent misuse of the city's assets, including embezzlement and misappropriation. The policy also covers alteration or falsification of documents, theft, receiving compensation for goods not received or services not performed, compensation for hours not worked and misrepresentation of facts.

Aldermen also approved a resolution allowing the Barry County assessor to abate a portion of taxes to qualifying business enterprises within the Barry County Enhanced Enterprise Zone.

In other business, aldermen:

* Heard the monthly police activity report.

* Approved a liquor license for Ruby's pending a public hearing on the location of the facility.

* Received a Seligman Chamber of Commerce certificate of appreciation for the city's support of chamber activities for the past year.

* Elected Michael Steen as Mayor pro tem.

* Heard information on the local GED program with testing dates scheduled for May 13 and June 24. Classes will resume in August.

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