Anna mayor, council members take office
The Anna City Council met twice last week – a brief regular meeting was held Tuesday evening, May 7, and a lengthy special session was conducted Thursday, May 9.
May 7 Regular Meeting
City officials who were elected in April formally took office at the May 7 regular meeting.
Oaths of office were administered by the city’s deputy clerk, Tina Sadler.
Those taking office include Steve Hartline as mayor and Michael Bigler, Kathy Bryan, Bryan Miller and Martha Ann Webb as city council members.
Prior to the oaths of office ceremony, Mayor Hartline recognized three city council members who were attending their last official meeting – David Isom, Al Kamp and Dave Tellor.
“I just want to thank you for all of your service,” Hartline said.
The mayor also welcomed and congratulated the new members of the city council. Hartline said he was looking forward to working with the council.
The May 7 meeting also was highlighted by appointments to various city posts which were recommended by the mayor. The mayor’s recommendations were approved by the city council.
The appointments included the assignment of council members to oversee various city departments. The following appointments were approved:
City council member over streets, water and natural gas: Kathy Bryan.
City council member over park, cemetery, disposal: Michael Bigler.
City council member over fire and police: Bryan Miller.
City council member over city hall: Martha Ann Webb.
City liquor commissioner: Steve Hartline.
City attorney: John Foley. City zoning inspector: Gary Rider. City treasurer: Danyelle Meisenheimer.
The May 7 meeting lasted for about 10 minutes. A reception was held following the meeting for the new and outgoing city officials.
May 9 Special Meeting
The city council’s May 9 special meeting was significantly longer than the May 7 regular session.
The council spent most of the May 9 special meeting in closed session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting began at 4 p.m. and ended at about 6:15 p.m.
When the council came out of closed session, a vote was taken, and unanimously approved, to authorize Mayor Hartline to assume the duties of city administrator on an interim basis.
Hartline will oversee duties which had been handled by long-time city administrator Steve Guined, who retired on May 3. The mayor will not receive compensation or a stipend for his work as the interim city administrator.
The city is in the process of looking for a new city administrator, as well as a police chief and a public works manager.
Following the action at the May 9 special meeting, the mayor again noted that the city is facing a unique challenge with the retirements of key administrative personnel.
The goal is to have a new city administrator hired in the next two to three months, the mayor said. He noted that the city council’s members also will be having input on municipal business.