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Miner: Split vote picks Mann as city judge

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

MINER -- David Mann was reappointed to serve as municipal judge for Miner in a split decision by the Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Betty Barnes cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Mann during the Board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Board members Peggy Holman and Frank Tatum voted in favor of Mann while Justin Medley and Marlene Anglin voted no on his appointment.

Barnes said she did speak to Scott Horman, who will be the new associate circuit court judge Jan. 1 having defeated Mann in the August primary election for the position, and that Horman said he would be more than willing to serve as Miner's city judge.

But, she continued, "Judge Mann has been here for over 20-odd years. I have no reason not to appoint him."

Medley said he has nothing against either judge but was elected to represent the citizens of Miner and his constituents voted in favor of Horman during the race for associate circuit court judge.

"As far as I know he's done a good job in our courts," Tatum said of Mann. "He's handled them well."

The appointment is for one year and is an unpaid position.

In other business during Tuesday's meeting:

* Board members approved paying a company from Marion, Ill., $1,700 to install a linestop and valve on the 6-inch main water line which leads to the former Raudmont Inn property where a Drury Inn will be built.

The company has the ability to install the linestop and valve without shutting down the water to all the city's hotels and an apartment complex, explained Dub Higden of the Department of Public Works.

Higden said if the city was to install the linestop and valve itself it would mean the hotels and apartments would be without water for about three days.

"This company does good work," Higden said. "They've put in 15 valves for us."

* Jim Withrow, branch manager of Redneck Trailer Supplies, advised the Board his company would like to purchase the property the city purchased for a convention center.

The city no longer has plans for the property as the convention center is slated to be built next to the new Drury Inn.

"We are growing and we are running out of room," Withrow said.

He said his company would like to build a 23,293 square-foot facility there for its warehouse-distribution business.

* The Board approved sending four of the city's firefighters to winter fire school in February at a cost of $110 per person plus the cost of two hotel rooms and meals.

Jack Tucker, fire chief, will choose who will go but the department typically sends two who haven't been to fire school in awhile and two new members, according to Randy Baker of the department.

"We do need our training," Barnes said.

* The Board approved obtaining a credit card for the city.

"A lot of times we can find some cheaper deals over the Internet or from some other company we haven't dealt with before that only takes credit cards," Capt. Darrin Skinner of the Miner Police said in explaining the need for a city credit card.

Janet Tuttle, city clerk, said a credit card would also enable the city to make hotel reservations and get better rates.

* A maintenance agreement for the city's backup generator was approved.

For an annual cost of $495, Southeast Services of DeSoto, the vendor who supplied and installed the generator, will perform two maintenance visits per year during which the generator will also be load tested.

Higden said city personnel could perform the maintenance but don't have the equipment for load testing.

* Barnes asked Higden to get prices on a gate for the water treatment plant.

* Board members approved rotating the order in which board members vote during meetings.