City council recap: Parks and lakes superintendent retiring, action on downtown event, training center rental delayed

By Gary Scott on January 13, 2015 at 7:42am

Everyone was talking about the arrest of a Jacksonville aldermen, but there were other items on the agenda Monday evening for Jacksonville city council.

Aldermen discussed a request from the Tri County Relay For Life to use the downtown square to hold their Relay event. Three city council members- Don Cook, Marcy Patterson and Bill Scott- indicated they’d like to hear more from downtown business owners before giving their approval. A motion regarding the request was pulled until next meeting.

It was announced that Parks and Lakes Superintendent Bruce Surratt is retiring, and Mayor Ezard mentioned in new business his desire to further pursue a project regarding a fiber Internet network. He announced a team of individuals with a background on the subject and a future, yet-to-be-dated meeting.

We’ll have more details on all of those stories in upcoming newscasts.

A first reading was passed for the city’s liquor ordinance to be amended to reflect that Bogie’s no longer wants to hold their license. A contract was extended with the Prairieland Heritage Museum for the use of antique fire trucks. It’s a five-year contract that was approved via resolution.

A motion authorizing the rental of the Jacksonville Police Department training center was also pulled until next meeting.

It was announced that the Finance Committee will meet next Tuesday at 5:30, and that the aldermen of Ward 2- Tony Williams and Lori Large-Oldenettel- will hold a general meeting for their constituents at the Community Park building on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.