Seligman accepts alderman's resignation

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Seligman City Council accepted the resignation of Alderman Latisha Pippin at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 10.

Pippin, who has served on the council for three years, stated that she was submitting her resignation to pursue other goals.

After the aldermen accepted Pippin's resignation, Mayor Jason Raucstadt thanked her for her service. Pippin said that she was still interested in helping with community events. Raucstadt welcomed her assistance.

Raucstadt directed the remaining council members, Danny Joe Hendrix, Michael Steen and Eric Freeman, to look for a replacement to fill the seat vacated by Pippin.

Seligman Police Chief Mike DeWitt reported that he has hired three individuals as paid, part-time officers. The new officers are Mike Smith, Gary Thornton and Richard Morrison. The city is only one officer short of providing 24-hour coverage, said DeWitt.

The Seligman Police Department will continue the Shop With a Cop Program, reported DeWitt. He also said that officers will provide code enforcement. The $100 allowed for this service will be placed in the police fund.

The council reviewed the September maintenance report. The city-wide clean-up will be held at the maintenance building on Oct. 21 and 22. One Way will be asked to provide a dumpster for the event.

The library report was submitted by Brian Nichols, city librarian. According to Nichols, there are 12,324 items in the library's database, including 23 new items. More than 170 items are currently on loan.

In the last month, eight new accounts were opened at the library, bringing the total number of accounts to 517. Over 740 users have utilized the library's five public access computers.

The library's revenue for the month of September was $1,520.94, and expenses were $874.77. The library posted a profit of $646.14. Currently $364.45 in late fees are owed by library users.

Janet Ballard, adult education instructor, reported that GED program attendance was lower than usual in September. An average of six people attended classes each evening. Students range in age from 17 to 54.

The GED program offers classes from 4 to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday. The next test date will be Oct. 28.

The aldermen also held a one hour and 35-minute closed session to discuss legal actions and personnel. During the closed session, the council voted to hire Raucstadt to work for the city full-time as a maintenance supervisor at $15 per hour. He will also receive benefits.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Heard that city staff members plan to more strictly enforce shut-off procedures for overdue accounts.

* Decided to disregard the special use permit for the historic house on Highway 112 that was submitted last month. The property has sold.

* Heard that around 200 community members attended the fall festival, which was a success.

* Received an update on street improvements. A property owner who lives on Berry Avenue has requested speed bumps. The city will research costs for the rubber mat type.

* Heard that the maintenance staff is still looking for a replacement dump truck. The department also needs a big air compressor.

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