One new member and two returning members of the Marionville board of aldermen were sworn in at last Thursday's meeting following the April election. Ward III winner Nanette Bowling joined the council for the first time, while Ward I's George Jennings and Ward II's Donna White returned for another term of service.
After a motion was passed to accept the results of the election and outgoing member Wanda Montgomery was recognized for her service, the officers were sworn in by city clerk Debbie Bateman.
The board then made nominations for the position of Mayor Pro-Tem. Kay Leffingwell and Chris Murphy were nominated, with Murphy ultimately winning the position. In his new role, Murphy, along with Mayor Doris Rapp and White was approved to be a signee for city checks.
In other new business, the council approved a reappointment to the housing board, as suggested by Rapp. The council also voted to appoint four individuals to the park board. At Rapp's recommendation, Mike Fiddyment and Carissa Smith were appointed, as well as Porter Leffingwell. Bowling then nominated her husband, Mark, who was also approved to fill the last position on the park board.
The aldermen then voted to pass an ordinance to amend the city code regarding the bidding policy. With the amendment, the bidding requirements in place will not apply to professional services such as attorneys, accountants, engineers and real estate brokers.
Finally, the board looked over possible options for purchasing security cameras for the city and police department. Rapp presented a couple of options which included installation of the equipment and monitoring of the footage. White told the board of her own experience with installing a system at her home, which she said had been easy and cost-effective. The board members voted to look into more options before moving forward.
After various comments from the aldermen and mayor, the board adjourned for the month. Next month's meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., May 11, in the fire station conference room.