In the first meeting since the new aldermen took office July 1st, the Smithville Mayor and Board of Aldermen convened Monday night at city hall.
The only business to be transacted was the mayor's appointments to various city boards and departments.
The following appointments were made by Mayor Taft Hendrixson and approved unanimously by the aldermen:
Finance & Taxation- Alderman Shawn Jacobs
Streets & Safety- Alderman Cecil Burger
Water & Sewer- Alderman Steve White
Sanitation- Alderman W.J. (Dub) White
Police & Fire- Alderman Aaron Meeks
Smithville Electric System:
Walter Burton- citizen member to fill the unexpired term of the late John Bill Evins through June 30th, 2011
John R. Nixon- citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2013
Alderman Cecil Burger- city representative reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2010
Smithville Planning Commission:
Wade Smith- citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2015
Alderman Shawn Jacobs- city representative appointed to serve through June 30, 2011
Smithville Beer Board:
Alderman Cecil Burger- city representative reappointed to serve through June 30th, 2010
Smithville Industrial Development Board:
Richard Judkins- citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2013
Alan Webb- citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2013
Tim Stribling- citizen member appointed to fill the unexpired term of Leon Stribling, who recently resigned.
Smithville Board of Zoning Appeals:
Jimmy Ervin-citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2012
Wade Smith- citizen member reappointed to a new term through June 30th, 2012
Alderman W.J. (Dub) White- city representative appointed to serve through June 30th, 2011
Meanwhile Mark Violet of K & M Jewelry addressed the Mayor and Aldermen praising the Smithville Police Department for their work in solving a recent burglary and theft at his business. "On behalf of K&M Jewelry and my wife and family, we want to commend the police department for the hard work and effort in catching the burglar at our store. It was a weekend job. They did it quick, fast. If they hadn't done it, we wouldn't ever have gotten it (jewelry) back."
"I want to commend these guys on the job they did. I know they don't get the recommendation they deserve and some of them probably don't deserve it. But these gentlemen work tireless, effortless. We work together. The sheriff's department helped out in it. I can't say enough because that was a tremendous loss to us that we were able to recover. I want to just let the board know that we really appreciate these guys."
"This is the only way that we're able to even address the board because us not being a property owner here in the town, we can't vote. I would like to see that changed. If you own a business and pay city and county property taxes, we'd like to see something like that changed so we do have a bigger voice in what we have. Once again, Thank you. I appreciate it. We appreciate it and if there is any way we can help you, let us know."
In other business, Mayor Hendrixson reported that Greg Davenport of Wauford Engineering may have a set of plans on the water treatment plant renovation ready for the aldermen to review by the next meeting on July 20th.
Alderman Meeks expressed a special thanks to Fire Chief Charlie Parker and the department "for the work they did which made it possible for the Smithville Jamboree to be completed Sunday morning."
Mayor Hendrixson added "If it hadn't been for the fire department building, I don't know what they would have done. We appreciate Charlie."
The Saturday Finals of the Fiddlers Jamboree were held inside the Smithville Fire Hall for two hours from midnight to 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, after rains and lightning kept the competition from continuing on-stage.