Last night was the last of the regularly scheduled City Council meetings for 2011 and the last meeting for this term. There will be a special meeting 12/28/11 for the third reading of the Ordinance to refinance the bond for Christian Academy. The city is only allowed to issue $10,000,000 in bonds per year and this needs to be passed in 2011.
Other agenda items included CM Coffey's G-11-16, the third reading on the Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance which passed 9-0.
And finally CM Price's G-11-17 third reading on the Noise Regulation Ordinance it also passed 9-0.
Mr. Ed Wilkinson gave a report on the Sewer Dept. There have been many improvements to our sewers in the last year and we are in much better shape financially. There has been another $200,000 + collected from delinquent bills, this is in addition to the previously reported $750,000. Great job Ed!
This meeting was also short and sweet, or maybe bittersweet. Mr. Gahan thanked the council for their service this last year. Mr. Messer thanked the council for their help in the last eight years and expressed how much he appreciated his time in office. Mr. Price had a different goodbye message. He thanked the council for "putting up with him" for the past eight years. This, of course, brought laughter to an otherwise solemn moment.
Prior to the council meeting, the Police Dept. had a meeting at Scribner Jr. High School concerning artificial marijuana and cocaine. This is a very serious subject and was well presented by Chief Bailey. Unfortunately it was poorly attended. The Chief thought this was because the seminar was not well advertised. I don't know what happened but I hope they have another presentation because this is very valuable information for all the parents and family members in New Albany.
I don't know what 2012 will bring. There will be a lot of changes, I just hope and pray that New Albany will continue to grow and prosper.
Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy Holidays.