Brief Meeting for Carmi Council
The last April Carmi City Council meeting was in contrast as short as the first April meeting was long.
The council whipped through routine matters and one action item in less than 15 minutes Tuesday night.
That action item gave Carmi Chief of Police Jason Carter permission to seek bids on a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice that had been used by the police department. Alderman Doug Hays explained the car was deemed surplus equipment as the department has a new truck on order.
In other matters, Hays explained that he had spoke with Dave Coston, the city’s electrical consultant and a field representative from Baker Hughes Electric would be in town in the near future to look at Generator 11 and try to determine what caused the breakdown.. Alderman Hays reminded the council that work was not to exceed $10,000. He also reported there may be a chance some equipment at the Bradshaw substation might be able to be retrofitted, saving a considerable amount of money. Coston and the city electrician, Mike Smith will be working on the one breaker, hoping to get it working. That would allow the city some time to consider the purchase of a new and backup breaker.
Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard reported on a number of upcoming events, and thanked outgoing alderman Lance Yearby for his service. Yearby did not seek reelection.
Prior to adjournment, Yearby thanked the council and the citizens of Carmi for entrusting him as an alderman. He pointed out he would be working with the city in the future.
The next city council meeting will be at 5:30 May 7 at which time the council members who were reelected and Jim Totten, who was elected to fill Yearby’s seat will be officially sworn in as aldermen.