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Hope City Board

By Staff, 11/3/20 8:18 PM
The Hope City Board held their first meeting of November Tuesday via virtual meeting.  Following the prayer, pledge, and approval of the minutes, the board moved on to the first business items.
    The first item was a review of the financial reports from January to September.  City Manager Catherine Cook noted the city encountered some unprecedented situations in March due to COVID.  She said the city has done better than they expected.  Cook noted some items had no income such as ball tournaments because there have been no tournaments due to COVID.  She also noted some expenses associated with the census.  Cook also noted the city hasn’t spent much on travel or meetings due to COVID.  The board looked at the utility costs the city pays on the detention center.  They then went through each category and checked on questions from the board.  Dr. Linda Clark asked about the Rose Hill/Cave Hill Cemetery and Cook noted Jeremy Stroud has been working on getting it back in shape.  Cook also noted the Rose Hill Cemetery Association has also indicated its interest in possibly helping with the maintenance.  Cook noted the department heads have done an outstanding job this year making sure the city hasn’t over spent.
    Under updates on current projects, Catherine Cook noted paving on the street program finished on Tuesday.  She gave updates on the various streets who were worked on including 4th, Spruce, and Cedar.  Cook also said some drainage work on 1400 Texas Street has been bid out.
     Cook said she had info from AT & T and Centerpoint on utility relocating on 6th and they are 90% finished.  She said the project could be bid through the highway department in February.
     Assistant City Manager J.R. Wilson gave an update on the landfill project.  Cook also said they’re going to have a preconstruction conference on the City Hall roof project on Thursday.  She also noted some of the speedbumps have been installed on Division Street.  Cook said that is slowing motorists down.
     Cook said they are working with the Chamber on planning for the Christmas season.
     Cook said on the surveys on the Green Acres subdivision, they have received 9 back.  She said it was about half and half on changing the names.  Those who didn’t want name changes cited the inconvenience of changing addresses on accounts.  There were four for change and four against with one person since moving since sending back the survey.  Cook read some of the comments.  Mayor Montgomery asked for board comments.  Board member Kiffenea Talley voiced that she wants to continue working on name changes.  The Mayor said with it being 50/50, he would advocate changing the names.  He said he’d like to see some names submitted.  Dr. Linda Clark agreed as did board member Reggie Easter.  The board agreed to continue working on the name changes.
     Catherine Cook gave an update on some CARES Act funding.
     Kiffenea Talley asked Chief Wilson about some warning notices being given to motorists parking in front of Yerger Terrace.  He noted it was the way they were parking, with their driving door to the curb.  He noted motorists need to park with traffic instead of against it.  He noted motorists can still park there but just have to park properly.  The meeting then adjourned.