Mayor Todd Higdon and councilman Tim Stamps (who also serves as mayor pro tem) were sworn in to new three-year terms Jan. 13 by city attorney Dale Perry. Councilman Jamie Spurlin, who was also re-elected, was absent due to illness and will be sworn in at the February business meeting.
Higdon pointed out that terms are now staggered and will be four-year terms going forward.
In other business, the council approved a beer/wine license for NMR Food Mart doing business as Royal Foods, since it changed ownership.
The council heard that the police department hosted a PATEN law enforcement training meeting in December and held traffic checkpoints afterwards. Several arrests were made, including two felony warrants and a DUI.
Officer Gary Floyd, who was at the meeting to represent the police department, told the council that there were also numerous warnings issued for child safety seat violations. He said officers used that opportunity to provide education on properly securing children in vehicles.
Floyd also said that the public could stop by city hall during business hours to have their child safety seats checked for proper fit and installation by a qualified checker.
Mayor Higdon reported that there have been numerous major water leaks around the city during the extremely cold weather in recent weeks, resulting a high amount of water usage.