Milton seeks to fill commissioner seat

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Special to The Trimble Banner
There is an open seat on the Milton City Commission following the resignation of former Commissioner Tom Mahoney.
The Milton City Commission met Thursday evening, Feb. 13, in the Milton Municipal Building. After going through the normal opening procedures of the meeting, the mayor and commissioners went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Following the executive session, Mayor Denny Jackson informed the commissioners that Commissioner Tom Mahoney had submitted a letter of resignation, citing personal reasons for the grounds. The commissioners agreed to accept his resignation with regret, while each added his or her own positive thoughts towards Mahoney.
Mayor Jackson stated that the vacant commissioner seat needed to be filled within 30 days. Anyone living in the city limits of Milton over the age of 21 is eligible for consideration. The pay for a City Commissioner in Milton is $225 per month. The current term goes to the end of 2014, following the general election in November. Commissioner Lynn Comeaux said it would be great for someone who was thinking about seeking election in the fall because it would give someone a taste of what the job involves. Interested persons should contact Milton City Hall at (502) 268-5224 or any of the commissioners or mayor.
Mayor Jackson then informed the commission that the Milton-Madison Bridge is on schedule to be slid into place on permanent piers sometime in March.
City Clerk Pam Joyce informed the commission that her computer had crashed. She continued to explain that Commissioner Cecil Robak replaced the motherboard in it, but she would need a new computer soon. Commissioner Robak expounded on Clerk Joyce’s claim by estimating the computer to be older than five years. The commissioners agreed to begin searching for a new computer.
Commissioner Robak brought before the commission an idea of giving the clerk the authority to make hardware purchases without bringing them to the board every single time. Commissioners Jerry Harmon and Comeaux agreed with the stipulation that purchases remain within the budget allotted for the clerk. The commission settled on an estimate of a $300 limit.
Field Supervisor Mark Bates was present at the meeting to brief the Commission on the operations of his office. Bates said the city has used at least 45 tons of rock salt to treat the roads, streets, and parking lots within the city limits. He added that he still has some, but has more ordered since we still have another month or so of winter. Bates also informed the Commission that they had received a grant from Kentucky League of Cities for $1,500 for the radio read program for reading water meters. He said this grant was awarded because it is a safer way of obtaining the meter readings and would save on worker’s comp. Bates said he is trying to get a grant for removal of the old well sites on the Milton riverfront. He should have an answer in September, he said.
In other business, city clerk Joyce was given permission to attend an upcoming city clerk seminar in Cumberland, Ky., this spring. Mayor Jackson is a strong advocate of continuing education for all city employees and encourages them to attend as much as possible.
On a final note, Mayor Jackson announced that he might be missing something next month at the meeting, his hair to be precise. He said he told the girls’ basketball team from Switzerland County, where he is an educator, which if the team won their sectional game he would let them shave his head.
The Milton City Commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Milton Municipal Building on HWY 421; members of the community are encouraged to attend.