The Jan. 21 meeting of the City Council had a few members of the community in attendance to speak about the cell phone ordinance. Kelsyn Lohr, a senior at SHS, presented a survey she had done at the high school that showed 30 students thought it should be a ballot issue. Danita Hatford shared that she was in favor of the ordinance but thinks the Council should make the decision, not making it a ballot issue.
After hearing from those in attendance and some discussion, the Council decided to vote at their Feb. 3 meeting for either a ballot measure or pass by ordinance.
A public hearing in regards to the Preservation Grant opportunity was also held. No one from the community came forth with any comments and the public hearing was closed by Mayor Gary McDermott at 7:10 p.m. It was decided that the grant funding would be applied for and used for improvements on Historic City Hall, currently the Chamber office and Visitor Center.
The Council also discussed and then unanimously approved the $9,607 needed to upgrade the handheld meter reading device used by the City crew for reading water meters throughout town. The Council also approved the $17,500 prison shredder purchase.
The next City Council meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 3, when the Council will vote on whether or not the cell phone ban will be on the ballot come November or if the ordinance will be decided by the Council. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.