A new police officer has been hired by the city of Clinton, the police chief reported last week at the monthly City Council meeting.
Chief Toney Parish said James Burress has joined the department. Parish said Burress is working the night shift and will make a good addition to the department. Burress replaces Gene Miller.
Also at the meeting, Street Department manager Charles Wilson said he has received a bid of $3,450 to dredge an area and lay it with stone, but no concrete, if the city wishes to address a drainage problem in the area where the Super 8 motel, First Security Bank and Auto Zone are located.
The property is not owned by the city, Wilson said. Mayor Roger Rorie said the request was made by Super 8 owner Chuck Patel and that Patel was supposed to attend the council meeting but was not there. The city has refused many previous requests to work on private property, and Rorie suggested giving the bid to Patel.
Rorie reported that Archey Fest went well this year. He said the main complaint he heard about the event was the use of tobacco products in the park. Councilman Johnny Moore noted that the council had discussed designating a few areas for smoking in the park but never did it.
Parish said he had received complaints about fireworks from veterans who are alarmed by the noise. He asked the council to look at shortening the time frame for using fireworks, which currently is June 20-July 10 each year. No fireworks are supposed to be set after 10 p.m. on those days, he said. "It’s hard to cut them off," Parish said. Councilors Sam Ward and Wendy Russ were appointed to make recommendations.
Councilors unanimously approved an ordinance to amend the current ordinance addressing mobile food trucks. Currently, the trucks must pay $50 per month to operate in the city limits. "That’s kind of high," said Zoning official Dwight Wilson. The newly approved amendment sets the amount at $100 per year. There are exceptions to the fee, including churches, schools and festivals, Wilson said. The ordinance, 2014-04, can be found in the Classified and Legals section of this newspaper.