POLICE CHIEF PLACED ON SALARY - Town Could Hire Architect For Proposed Town Hall

Extracted from the Minutes

Grantsville's Town Council swore in new councilwoman Cheryl Davis to fill a vacancy on the body during the July 5th meeting.

The council went into executive session and approved a salary for Chief of Police Ron Gordon, following earlier controversy over his overtime payment. Gordon was hired as the chief at $21,000, in addition to benefits, with the council approving unanimously.

Recorder Phyllis Maze reported the town had received the documents to advertise for an audit for the fiscal year 2003-04.

Mayor Blakenship read a letter from Frank Venezia, chairman of the new Town Hall Committee, stating the committee interviewed architects for the project and selected Cerrone Associates. The town has received a $3,000 grant for the proposed project. The approval to hire will be on next month's council agenda.

The council voted not to give town residents free metered parking if their residences is facing the street.

JoAnn Stevens introduced a motion, which passed unanimously, to have a free pool party open to the public, expressing thanks for supporting the pool's operation this year.

The mayor reported on the hanging of flags for the 4th of July, complaints about trash and overgrown lawns, a $1000 donation by Waste Management for the town pool and other grants being sought for the pool.

Resident Doug Davis was advised by the mayor that "the state would not allow us to do anything" on a problem related to a collapse on Florence Street, which is presently closed.

Nancy Bremar suggested the local fire department be asked to wash the town's streets.

The mayor appointed council members to several working committees.

Attending, in addition to the mayor and town recorder, council members Whipkey, Stevens, Stevens and Davis. Councilman Smith was absent.