City of Bristol holds swearing-in, Cutshaw appointed Mayor at regular meeting on Jan. 9
Official minutes from the Jan. 9, 2017
regular meeting of the City of Bristol
as recorded by the City Clerk
Chairman Woody Stewart called this meeting to order with Council-members Brigham Shuler, Ellen Lewis, James Kersey, Jr. and Council-member elect John Ritter present. Attorney J. David House and City Clerk Robin Hatcher were also in attendance. The invocation was given by Lewis. Shuler led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kersey moved to approve the previous month’s minutes, seconded by Lewis, all voted in favor.
Shuler moved to approve the monthly bills for payment, seconded by Lewis, carried by all.
Stewart turned the floor over to Attorney House for swearing-in of elected officials with terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017 and ending Dec. 31, 2018. Those sworn-in were Durwood “Woody” Stewart and John Ritter.
Attorney House also led the re-organizational portion of the meeting. He opened the floor for nominations for Council Chairman. Kersey nominated Brigham Shuler. Lewis nominated Woody Stewart. Kersey moved to cease nominations, seconded by Shuler, all voted in favor. Attorney House called for a vote by a show of hands. Kersey and Shuler voted in favor of Shuler. Stewart, Ritter, and Lewis voted in favor of Stewart. Attorney House turned the chair back over to Stewart to serve as Council Chairman for CY 2017.
Stewart opened the floor for nominations for Council Vice-chairman. Kersey nominated Brigham S. Shuler. Lewis nominated John Ritter. Kersey moved to cease nominations, seconded by Shuler, all voted in favor. Stewart called for a vote by show of hands. Kersey and Shuler voted in favor of Shuler. Stewart, Ritter, and Lewis voted in favor of Ritter serving as Vice-chairman. Ritter will serve as Council Vice-chairman for CY 2017.
With the Mayor’s seat currently vacant, Steven Cutshaw expressed his interest in serving as Mayor for the City of Bristol since no one qualified for this position during qualifying week. Following precedences set by former councils, Lewis moved to appoint Steven Cutshaw to serve as Mayor for a one year term, seconded by Kersey, all voted in favor.
Stewart turned the floor back over to Attorney House for the swearing in of Mayor Cutshaw with a term beginning Jan. 9, 2017 and ending Dec. 31, 2017.
Kersey moved to donate $1,000.00 to United Way of the Big Bend, motion died for lack of a second. Kersey then moved to donate $500.00 to the United Way of the Big Bend, seconded by Shuler, all voted in favor.
Shuler moved to donate $100.00 to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Track Marker, seconded by Kersey, carried by all.
Shuler moved to approve Durwood “Woody” Stewart to continue serving as the City’s representative on the Apalachee Regional Planning Council for CY 2017, seconded by Kersey, all voted in favor.
Shuler moved to approve Roberts & Roberts Change Order #1, adding a 60 day time extension to the contract, seconded by Ritter, carried unanimously.
Lewis moved to amend the conditions of the Site Plan Development Order issued to Applicant: Weaver Oil Co. and co-applicants Mandy Lollie and Wendell Rudd for the Pizza Parlor at 10510 NW SR 20, to say: When/if city sewer services become available at this location, the applicant must connect to the sewer collection system within 60 days of notification of its availability. Ritter seconded this motion. Motion carried 4:1 with Shuler voting nay.
Shuler moved to approve a waiver for Laverne Rankin allowing her to go on a private septic system, because 1) it is within the Council’s legal authority to do so 2) the Liberty County Health Department Environmental Services has already approved a septic tank permit at this residence 3) the residence does not abut the city’s sewer main and has no access to the sewer main via existing rights-of-way or easement, 4) Ms. Rankin is not claiming any damages or reimbursement for septic tank replacement, and 5) it is questionable whether this residence should be on the city’s sewer system because it is approximately 1,000 ft. from the sewer main and is required to cross two private properties in order to connect to the city’s sewer main. Kersey seconded this motion. All voted in favor.
Kersey moved to give approval for Operator Wahlquist to procure and purchase an actuator estimated to cost $4,000 - $5,000, approving the lowest quote for purchase, seconded by Shuler, all voted in favor.
Lewis suggested that the council place a referendum on the next city ballot for residents to vote on whether to increase the pay for the mayor and city council members from $1.00 per year to $25.00 per month. The Council agreed to consider this for referendum on the next election ballot.
There being no further business, Shuler moved to adjourn, seconded by Kersey, all voted in favor. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
City Clerk: Robin M. Hatcher
Chairman: Durwood “Woody” Stewart