CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council breezed through its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, approving three ordinances on their first readings and awarding plaques for Outstanding Christmas Decoration Displays to city residents.
Each council member got to choose a home from their respective wards and presented a plaque to the winners. Three of the five awards had winners in attendance.
“The city of Chipley thanks you for your outstanding display of Christmas spirit. Your ‘Chipley Pride’ shines and is an inspiration to all,” the plaques read.
Ward 1 Councilwoman Karen Rustin presented Al and Kim Pate with a plaque for their Outstanding Christmas Decoration Display at 616 4th St.
Ward 2 winners John and Leanne Pedraja, chosen by Councilman Kevin Russell, for their residence at 1261 Church Ave.
Ward 3 Councilman Lee Dell Kennedy presents the Luis and Nilda Calix for their home at 1237 Apple St.
Ward 4 winners were Steve and Tammy Ayers at 1331 Coleman Ave., picked by Mayor Linda Cain.
Council Member-At-Large Ellis Reed chose Donnie and Desiree Finch as winners for their decorations at their home, located at 1256 Holley Ave.
The ordinances the council heard on first reading included an ordinance amending the Flood Damage Prevention ordinance.
“It wasn’t anything major, just some clean up and renumbering of things that FEMA was requiring,” said City Administrator Dan Miner.
The ordinance amending Chapter 10.5 of the Land Development Code which will repeal Ordinances 903 and 906 in their entirety, and an ordinance which, if approved, will place the city’s Child Protection Ordinance in the correct chapter of the code, were both concerned with correcting the city’s code book.
“The Child Protection ordinance was put in the wrong place back when Jim Lassiter was here,” Miner said. “We had to amend that and put it in the right section.”
The ordinances were approved by the council for their first reading, but they will have to approved once again in February before they go into effect.