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Light-up McIntosh December 15

Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

08.13.07 -- AUDIO FILE: August 9, 2007 Town Council Workshop and Meeting

Listen to the Aug. 8, 2007 Town Council workshop and meeting:
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Tree Ordinance Workshop

Lee Deaderick's observations on tree committee
Sean Dowie's observation

Frank Ciotti's observations


Town Council Meeting


Lila Gallagher


Clinic repairs




Seniors homestead exemption hike

Water and garbage rate increases


Design standards



Council comments


(Editor's note: Due to some other projects with work, I'll be slowly posting last week's stories and public records over the next week. If you are anxious about something from the meeting, please check out the audio.)

posted by Cher @ 9:52 AM, ,

08.13.07 -- REPORT: Qualifying begins Monday


The qualifying period to run for council or mayor begins on Monday, Aug. 13 and ends Friday Aug. 17 at noon.

Residents interested in running for town council or mayor should pick up a packet from the town office.

At least two officials said last Thursday they would be vacating their seats.

Mayor Marsha Strange will not run again. She's served 26 years in the office of mayor, although some of her terms were no consecutive.

Town councilwoman Eunice Smith will also not run again. Smith, 90, served as town clerk for 12 and a half years before she began her 16-year stint on the council.

"Twenty-eight and a half years are enough," Smith said.

The other two seats up for election are held by Council Vice President Howard Walkup and Councilman Lee Deaderick.

Walkup was not at last week's meeting. But Deaderick said he would "most likely" run again for council. Both Deaderick and Walkup ran unopposed for seats vacated by resigning council members last year, which means they were the only ones to apply to run during the qualification periods last year.

This will be the only qualification period for the November 2007 election. These open seats all have terms of four years. To be eligible to run, residents must have lived in McIntosh two consecutive years. To run candidates will complete a packet, including gathering some signatures from other McIntosh residents supporting their campaign for public office. To read more about how the offices work, check out the McIntosh Town Charter.

posted by Cher @ 9:05 AM, ,

Agenda: August Town Council meeting

Town Council Workshop (Tree Ordinance) & Regular Meeting August 9, 2007
Civic Center Workshop (Tree Ordinance) 6:30 pm & Regular Meeting 7:00 pm

Anyone wishing to place a subject on the agenda may do so up to 72 hours before the meeting by notifying the Town Office.

I) Call to Order, Lord’s Prayer, and Pledge to the American Flag

II) Roll Call

III) Consent Agenda:
All matters listed within the Consent Agenda have been distributed to each member of the McIntosh Town Council for reading and study, are considered to be routine, and will be enacted by one motion of the Council with no separate discussion. If separate discussion is desired, that item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda by request. Please call 591-1047 for questions on Consent Agenda items prior to the Council meeting.

A) Minutes of the Town Council Public Hearing of July 12, 2007 and Town Council Meeting of July 12, 2007

B) Financial Report for July 2007

IV) Guests:
A) Barney Gardiner – Request for Antique Shop in HC zoning
B) Lalla Gallagher – Traffic Study & Park Issues

V) Citizen Board Committee Updates:

VI) Message from the Clerk:
A) Town street resurfacing/drainage mapping
B) Upcoming Clinic Repairs
C) FY 2007-2008 Budget

VII) Message from the Mayor:

VIII) Message from the Attorney:
A) Senior Homestead Exemption Ordinance No.: 07-162
B) Water Rate Plan Ordinance
C) Brown & Cullen Proposal-Civil Engineering Services/Leytem

IX) Old Business:
A) Design Standards/Ordinance No.: 97-121 Manufactured Homes Zoning

X) New Business:
A) Election Qualifying – Monday, August 13, 12:00 noon thru Friday, August 17, 12:00 noon
B) Wright & Glass Rezoning AG – R1

XI) Message from the Council:

XII) Citizen’s Comments:

Meeting Adjourned

***Notice to Board Meeting Attendees: As a courtesy to others, please ensure pager and cell phones are turned off during meeting***
Welcome to the Town of McIntosh Town Council meeting. All persons wishing to address the Town Council will be asked to limit their comments to the specific subject being addressed. However, in order to foster mutual respect between the Town Council and the public, it is requested that comments are directed at specific issues rather than personal comments directed toward Board members or staff.

Please note that if a person desires to appeal any decision made to any matter considered at the above meeting, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding be made, which record includes the testimony and evidence which the appeal is to be based.

posted by Cher @ 11:57 AM, ,


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