Date: March 17, 2015
NEWBERN BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session in the Board Meeting Room at the Newbern Municipal Building. Mayor Olen K. Parker presiding. Aldermen present were Vice Mayor John Flatt, Robert Hart, Justin Wright, Daniel Watson, Kirby Ogden and Bradley Rogers. Also present were City Recorder Jason Roberts Office Manager Cindy Reed, Police Chief Doug Robertson and Chief of Operations Jim Richards.
CALL TO ORDER AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mayor Parker called the meeting to order and asked Alderman Rogers to lead the board in prayer. Mayor Parker asked if the Board of Mayor and Aldermen had reviewed the minutes from last month’s meeting. Alderman Hart made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded by Alderman Ogden. All voted aye and the minutes were approved.
VISITORS AND VISITOR BUSINESS
Mayor Parker addressed the board and stated that the board had tabled the insurance discussion at last month’s meeting pending further discussion. Recorder Roberts fielded questions on pros and cons on the City self-administering its property, workers comp and general liability insurances. Jason Ladd with White and Associates and John Uitendaal with Southern Dutchman each made presentations on why they should be the agent of record for the insurance. After much discussion a motion was made by Alderman Rogers to deal directly with TML and forego the agent. The motion was seconded by Alderman Wright. A roll call vote was requested. With Alderman Hart voting nay and Alderman Flatt abstaining the motion carried 4-1.
NEWBERN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Police Chief of Operations Jim Richards gave a report on the ice damage and stated that he had been in contact with FEMA and TML on our property. Police Chief Doug Robertson addressed the board and presented the monthly stats for his department and stated that the speed study was completed.
Monthly status reports were presented to the Alderman prior to the meeting.
Doug Tyler addressed the board and stated that all was quiet.
Recorder Roberts addressed the board and stated that the planning commission did not meet.
Lance Smith addressed the board and stated that all is well.
A motion was made by Alderman Wright to approve the attorney’s bill and was seconded by Alderman Rogers. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Mayor Parker recognized two employees within the police department. Willie French was recognized for his promotion to sergeant. Mayor Parker read a proclamation which recognized Mr. French and thanking him for his service. Mayor Parker read a proclamation recognizing Richard “Red” Barnes for his 35 years of service to the City of Newbern. Mayor Parker thanked Red for all of his years of dedication to the City of Newbern.
Mayor Parker led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance and adjourned the meeting by acclamation.