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March 13, 2014

Council ties up loose ends for election day

JACKSONVILLE — Three agenda items concerning the upcoming election in Jacksonville were approved Tuesday at the regular City Council meeting.

City officials agreed to a joint election with Jacksonville ISD in order to use the school's electronic voting machines.

City Secretary Betty Thompson explained that because of the Cherokee County primary runoff election slated in May, the county's voting machines are unavailable to the city this year.

JISD also has electronic voting machines, therefore the agreement was made.

They city typically pays a $250 leasing fee to the county for the macine. Thompson said this year the city paid a $1,500 programming fee to Hart Intercivic, however the school is not charging the city a leasing fee.

In keeping with an electoral theme, an election judge for the May 10 election was approved by the council. Donna Schaver will hold the position.

The council also approved canceling the portion of the ballot containing the District 3 council candidate Arron Swink. No other candidates filed for the seat, therefore Swink wins the spot on the City Council. The current District 4 chairperson is Ann Chandler, who has filed for a seat on the

JISD board.

In other council events, Patrol Sgt. Jason Price and Detective Javier Guerra were recognized for 10 years of service with the Jacksonville Police Department.

Price commended Chief Reece Daniel for his leadership of the department.

“He's (Daniel) made a big difference with the department,” Price said.

Mike Terry of the Jacksonville Fire Department was also recognized. Terry has served 15 years with the department.

During an executive session, city council members discussed a $30,000 grant to JEDCO to be used for an incoming business.

The council approved the grant unanimously during the regular meeting. The funds are to be issued to Tube Fab, a copper tubing company, moving to the area from White Oak, Raissi said.

The council also approved:

– The minutes of the February 11 council meeting and special meeting on Feb. 25;

– A request to re-plat a lot in the Piney Point subdivision leased by Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Waller;

– A refund of $1,473 to GME, Inc. by the appraisal district for an over appraisal on property; and

– A budget amendment for a $4,000 increase to allow for an enhanced front entrance to the City Cemetery.

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