VERNON – Newly elected Mayor Tina Sloan and Councilman Joey Brock were sworn in at Monday’s meeting of the Vernon City Council.
Sloan, who ran unopposed, stated she was thankful for the large voter turnout and excited to take on her new role.
Brock stated he will be donating all of his earnings as councilman back to the city.
The council voted to keep Gary Owens as Chairman and Gwen March as Vice Chairman.
In other business, several public hearings were held during the meeting for the ordinances first readings to gain public input. A measure regulating volunteer background checks was approved and is set to move ahead with the second reading. An ordinance concerning truck restrictions on Church Street up to Pompey Road was also approved. The ordinance sets restrictions on the number of axles a truck can have and still traverse the roads.
The council also addressed how to handle residents who have rerouted their water to irrigation meters after having their water meter shut off by public works for non-payment. The council read an ordinance that would give public works authority to shut the irrigation meters off as well.
The first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the selling of alcohol for consumption on premises between midnight and 7 a.m. within the city limits was held.
In other business, the council approved a transfer of $20,000 from capital improvements fund to water and sewer fund to pay for improvements made to water and sewage lines.
The Council also took the following actions:
Approved demolition of the concession stand behind City Hall
Approved the Vernon Garden Club's request to place swings in City Square.
Approved the Miss Firecracker pageant to be held June 17. For more information on the pageant, call Laura Brewer at 326-8738
Vernon City Council will meet again in workshop at 7 p.m. on May 1.