A volunteer group which will work to improve and beautify parts of Ardmore in Tennessee and Alabama was formally introduced at the March 5 meeting of the Ardmore Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

“The team will serve the entire Ardmore community,” Mason Daniel, president of the Ardmore Community Team, said. “We want to spruce up the city on both sides of the line.”

A public meeting is planned April 7 to get ideas for projects.

The team recently has qualified as a 501 (c) group, is not a political action committee and is not associated with any other group, he said.

There will be no paid employees, he said.

“Many citizens have committed to serve as advisors, giving the team a wealth of experience and expertise,” Daniel said.

The committee plans to identify areas in need of improvement, create programs, recruit volunteers and secure funding, he said.

Other officers include Vice President Toby Thomas, Secretary Brenna Bonner and Treasurer Lance Stamper. Dihanne Guilbert, Ed Burgoon and Marion Isben are directors.

In other business, board members:

• Set the city’s annual large trash pickup for March 23-28.

• Received the monthly financial report for February, which showed the city had $123,221 in revenue. The three largest contributors were local sales taxes, $56,278; property taxes, $15,446 and local beer taxes, $12,947.

• Approved a $250 donation to Elkton Elementary School for T-shirts for the school’s annual Elk Run May 7.

• Approved a 4 percent pay raise for Tim Toone, fire chief for Ardmore, Tenn., and Ardmore, Ala.

• Heard a report from Police Chief James Kennedy that the department is trying to fill two vacancies. A settlement has been reached with one officer who resigned after completing his training, Kennedy said. 

After the training, the officer decided he didn’t want to work as a police officer, Kennedy said. Training is paid by the department, whose officers patrol in Ardmore, Ala., and Ardmore, Tenn. 

• Approved spending approximately $3,812 for repairs and expenses at John W. Barnes Area Park from an account that has approximately $6,000, according to Mayor Mike Magnusson. 

• Heard from Michael Tidnor, who asked what could be done about water leaks and was referred to the Ardmore Water Board.

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