Hertenberger appointed to City Council

To fill unexpired term in Place 2...

FREESTONE COUNTY OFFICIALS, who were elected in the November General Election, were sworn into office on Wednesday morning, January 2, 2013, at the Freestone County Courthouse. Pictured at the swearing in ceremony are (front row, l to r) Diane Willis, Constable Pct 3; Roger Brooke, Constable Pct 4; Lisa Foree, Freestone County Tax Collector; Buck Bonner, Constable Pct 1; (back row, l to r) Bodie Emmons, Commissioner Pct 3; Lynn Clary, Constable Pct 2; Don Anderson, Freestone County Sheriff; Chris Martin, Freestone County Attorney.

Teague City Council members filled the vacant Place 2 position on the council, filled three vacant positions on the Teague EDC Board of Directors, approved the 2013 holiday schedule for city employees and changed the day the council meets each month, all while meeting in regular session on Monday evening, January 7th at City Hall.

Council members approved the appointment of Marie Hertenberger to fill the vacant position on the board created by the resignation of Mark Hargis in December. Hertenberger was the only citizen to submit a letter to the city asking to be considered for the position. She will hold the Place 2 office until it comes up for election in May of this year.

Following action from the December meeting, which included a request from the Teague Economic Development Board to restructure their Board of Directors, council members filled three empty positions on the board. The new restructuring plan calls for three council members and four public citizens to serve on the board. Councilman Garlan Steed is currently on the board so council members approved a motion to appoint councilmen David Huffman and Chris Nickleberry to fill the two vacant city council seats on the board. A separate motion to appoint longtime Teague businessman Randy Hyden to the board was also approved. Hyden will join Sherrie Noland, Clint Skinner and Alan Van Hooser as the four public members on the board.

The changes, which occurred to the Board in December, also included that the day-to-day administration of the Economic Development Corporation (and the Executive Director who has not been hired yet) be placed administratively under City Administrator Vince DiMaggio. These changers were suggested by EDC Board President Sherrie Noland at the December council meeting.

The 2013 holiday schedule for City employees was unanimously approved and includes the following days: January 1, New Year?s Day; January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday; February 18th, President?s Day; March 29th, Good Friday; May 27th, Memorial Day; July 4th, Independence Day; September 2nd, Labor Day; November 11th, Veteran?s Day; November 28th and 29th, thanksgiving; December 24th and 25th, Christmas; and one ?half day on December 31st, New Year?s Eve.

Due to it begin increasingly difficult over the past few months to obtain a quorum of Council members to conduct council meetings on the second Monday of each month, council members were recently polled to see if another time or date might help avoid this problem. Following a brief discussion, council members approved a motion to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, instead of the second Monday of the month. The meeting time (6 p.m.) and location at city hall was not changed. The council?s next meeting will be on Tuesday evening, February 19th at 6 p.m.

In other action taken during the hour-long meeting, City Finance Manager Mindy McGlone reported on the financial state of the city for the end of FY 2011-12 and Department reports for Public Works, Public Utilities, Police Department and City Administrator were given.

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