Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones opened last week’s council meeting recognizing former Councilman Ed Baty, who had passed away earlier in the week. Jones told those in attendance that Baty was instrumental in helping bring the medical clinic to Cleveland.
In old business, the council passed a noise ordinance that prohibits the use of “jake brakes” or dynamic breaking devices on big trucks, with the exception of emergencies.
Jones also stated that he would not sign the letter from the Department of Transportation saying the mayor and council was “desirous” of the new roundabout. While they did not oppose the roundabout, the council did not ask for it.
In consideration of new business, the council voted to spend $4,585 to fix the bathroom in the town hall. Adams Building Company will turn the two small bathrooms into one that will also be handicap-accessible. Also, the council allotted up to $7,000 for a new electronic gate for the water department warehouse.
Police Chief Tim Jones reported to the council that the full-time police officer position has been filled. The newest member of the police force is Jessy Chambers, a graduate of Cleveland High School.
After learning of reports of people stopping traffic to take up money for funerals, the council passed a motion preventing roadblocks in the town’s city limits.
In other business, there will be a public hearing at the town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 to discuss the alcohol license application of Dollar General. Also, on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., town clerk Mary Newsome will swear in all the councilmen and the mayor.
The council went into executive session with attorney Alex Smith to discuss the arbitration surrounding the property near the bridge. No action was taken after the executive session.
Those present were Mayor Jones, councilmen James Bynum, Sherry White, Doug Hill, Tommy Swindle, and Glenn Puckett, utilities clerk Michele Sanders, Smith, Chief Jones, Officer Benny Richardson, several members of the public, and the press.
The Cleveland Town Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the town hall.