Comer’s new city government held its first scheduled meeting Jan. 9 with new mayor Jody Blackmon presiding. Joining returning council members Laquita Bridges and Jimmy Yarborough were Brian Fortson and Estelle Gilstrap.
The first order of business was naming Councilman Yarborough as Mayor Pro Tem, and a vote to keep all current staff in place. Gilstrap was named to head the streets and sidewalks committee. Fortson was put in charge of the Parks department, Yarborough will head the water and sewer department and Bridges is in charge of the police department.
The council scheduled a budget workshop for Jan 23, at 6 p.m. to review the proposed budget that includes a pay raise for city employees.
Chief Brent Zellner reported that the police department made six arrests in December, wrote 31 citations, filed 26 incident reports, investigated three wrecks and responded to 127 calls for service.
The council heard a report on problems with well number four which contains significant mineral deposits. The group discussed the possibility of adding a filter system to the well.