Meeting time changes

Published 10:31 am Monday, December 18, 2017

MURFREESBORO – The newly-elected Mayor and Town Council of Murfreesboro met here Wednesday for the first time since their swearing-in ceremony held last month. Among the first items on the agenda were to set a meeting schedule for the upcoming year and to appoint council members to town commissions.

Town Council meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month unless otherwise noted. The only change will be the time each meeting is held.

Councilman Bill Theodorakis suggested the meeting time could be pushed back an hour to start at 5 p.m. in order to make it easier for more citizens to attend, especially those who might be working.

Mayor Hal Thomas pointed out that concerned citizens would make a point to come at any time of the day if there were issues they needed to discuss, but he wasn’t opposed to shifting the start time back an hour. He added, however, that he didn’t want it to be any later than 5 p.m.

Councilwoman Berna Stephens spoke up to agree with Theodorakis’ suggestion.

After a motion by Theodorakis and a second by Mitch Radford, the vote was unanimous to change Town Council meetings in the upcoming year to 5 p.m.

During the meeting, Mayor Thomas also appointed the council members to commissions covering different aspects of the town.

Sarah Wallace, Craig Dennis, and Theodorakis retained their respective positions as police commissioner, fire department commissioner, and public works commissioner.

Radford was appointed to take Mayor Thomas’ former position as administration commissioner, and Stephens accepted the appointment to serve as the town’s recreation commissioner. Both are serving on the town council for the first time.

Wallace was nominated to serve again as mayor pro-tem. There were no other nominations and no opposing votes. The mayor pro-tem fills in for the town’s mayor in his absence.