Marked Tree Council chooses Steve Craig as mayor

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Marked Tree City Council heard from several citizens interested in finishing the rest of Mary Ann Arnold's term as mayor Monday night.

Among those who expressed interest in the position were business owner Larry Crockett Jr., Code Enforcement Officer Jim Huff, Pastor Terry Carter, Mayor Pro tempore Steve Craig, Alderman Cleo Johnson, and former State Rep. Buddy Lovell. After hearing from each person and then going into executive session to discuss it, the council voted 5-1 to have Steve Craig continue the rest of the year as mayor.

Craig, who is not planning on running for mayor during the regular election in November, told the council he would like to finish Arnold's term and would not take a salary. "I'll try to run the city as best as I can," Craig said.

In other business, the council approved a resolution condemning a property at 302 Chicago Avenue. They also approved paying Huff $12.40 out of the Industrial Fund for mailouts to properties and approved a bid from Dennis Saddler to tear down a house at 206 Madison Street for $2,800.

The council also discussed recovering money spent on tearing down another property. City Clerk Pam Wright said she and Huff had discussed the possibility of attaching the bill to the property owner's water bill and setting up a payment plan since Huff has not gotten a response from bills he has sent, but the council opted to have City Attorney Jobi Teague send a letter instead on Alderman Danny Johnson's recommendation.

The council approved a resolution paying Betty Shaw for her work in securing a grant for the parks. Shaw said the bulk of the grant will go toward getting Carver Park up to standard for future grant applications and that the work planned was based on public surveys. She added that Marked Tree was one of the top five applicants in the state for the grant.

Marked Tree was also approved for State Aid Street funds for $250,000 to resurface Wiley Street, Monroe Street, Monroe Extended, Henson Drive, and Hanna Avenue.

In personnel, the council approved hiring Glenda Brown as a dispatcher and approved adding Steve Craig as mayor, instead of mayor pro tem, on all checking accounts.

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