VERNON — There will be two less Vernon City Council meetings a month, beginning in July.
“Sometimes I feel like we’re meeting just to meet,” Councilman Tray Hawkins said on Monday. The council discussed reducing the number of monthly meetings at its workshop on June 3.
“We only have four new business items, and we just added one of those,” President Tina Sloan noted.
“I think we can do with just one workshop and one meeting a month,” Hawkins said.
The council voted to hold their monthly workshop on the third Monday of each month and their regular meeting on the fourth Monday, beginning in July.
“We’ll finish up June with two more meetings,” City Clerk Dian Hendrix said, “then we will meet again on the third Monday in July.”
The council members also declined a request from a water department customer to adjust her bill by $51.79. The resident said she had left her water hose on for three days by accident.
The item was originally in the city council’s consent agenda, but Hawkins suggested it be moved out of the consent agenda for separate discussion and consideration.
“I don’t think we should be changing people’s bills, if we make an exception for one, then we have to do the same for everyone,” Hawkins said. “If we haven’t been doing it, I don’t think we need to start. This would set a precedent.”
There was no motion made to approve the change, so the request was denied.
Mayor Michelle Cook told the council that the July 4 parade will be held at 4 p.m. with line-up starting at 3 p.m. “We’re still looking for vendors,” she said. “They can do anything except food.”
Cook also said that the city league’s 7-8 year old ball team returned from the Zone 3 Tournament in Bonifay last week with the Sportsmanship trophy. Sign-ups for football and cheer have started and interested parents are asked to contact City Hall at 535-2444 for information.
Attorney Michelle Tagert of Chipley also submitted a proposal for services to the council on Monday. The city of Vernon has been without a city attorney since May 14.
Sloan said the council members would discuss her proposal at the June 17 workshop and invited Tagert to that meeting.