In a previous meeting, the council, in a preliminary vote, agreed to double the tax on tobacco from 2 cents to 4 cents. In a more recent meeting, the council voted on the first reading of the new ordinance. The council voted 5-3 to approve the ordinance as read.
The ordinance will come up for a second reading at the next council meeting, scheduled for Aug. 12.
The council also met with Annie Bradley, chairman of the city planning commission, and upon her recommen-dation, voted to rezone a parcel of land on First Avenue owned by Bobby and Connie Burt from residential (R-3) to general business. Evan Smith has an option to purchase the property for an attorney’s office.
Upon Mayor Phil Powell’s recommendation, the council voted to raise the salary of Sheri Chandler, an adminis-trative employee, $1 per hour. Mrs. Chandler, Mayor Powell said, recently completed her anniversary date with the city. City policy provides that employees receive raises on their anniversary date, provided their job performance has proved satisfactory.
On a related matter, Mayor Powell announced that Assistant City Clerk Joan Cothran has completed her judicial administrative course, which qualifies her as a certified clerk.
Mayor Powell said he had spoken with Charles Glazner, city parks and recreation director, who recommended keeping the city pool open through the month of August. Students return to school Aug. 4 and Glazner suggested opening the pool from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day after school resumes. The council approved keeping the pool open.
Councilwoman Bess Yarbrough suggested that the finance committee begin work on the Fiscal 2003-04 budget, which must be approved by Oct. 1.
In other business, the council:
*voted to repair the welcome signs at the city limits.
*discussed the city’s current wrecker rotation policy, but tabled any action or further discussion at this time.
*upon the recommendation of Councilman Frankie Kelly, voted to replace 10 air tanks for the fire department which were recently condemned by inspectors