Byron council appoints new city clerk

Telegraph correspondentJanuary 14, 2013 

BYRON -- City Council appointed Telina Allred as new city clerk effective Jan. 30.

Allred, who has worked for the city for six years and served as deputy city clerk for the past year, replaces Betty Sims who has been city clerk for 13 years and a city employee for 35 years.

Sims announced her retirement last year. During Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Sims was appointed the city’s election superintendent for 2013, a role she has had in previous years while serving as clerk.

Also related to elections, council set the qualifying fee at $90 for persons wishing to run for a city council seat in the Nov. 5 general election.

In other matters, council voted unanimously to form a committee to be headed by Councilman Mark Waters to address a range of issues related to the city’s fire department.

Request for the committee’s formation came from Councilman Michael Chidester, who said it was needed to determine what the city needed of a fire department and what the fire department needed in terms of equipment.

He also said numerous fire department-related policy decisions needed council input that would not likely be able to be made during a regular council session.

Chidester said he expected once the committee had taken care of several time intensive items, the day-to-day matters of the department would again be looked after by council’s public safety committee. He said the time needed for the committee to address issues at hand might be three or so months.

Waters was tasked with determining the size and makeup of the committee. Initial meeting dates for were not set.

Also, council resolved to fix flag lighting problems in front of City Hall. Flags fly 24-hours a day but are not currently lit at night as required by U.S. flag protocol. Council members said lights originally installed for the flags had been stolen.

Collins said if the city was going to fly flags, they should be of proper quality and flown according to flag etiquette.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com

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