The Elkton Board of Mayor and Aldermen met May 14 as the city continues to navigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Jimmy Dean Caldwell and Aldermen Bill Cary, Payton Blade, Dr. Jim Lathrop and Bobby Sherrell were all in attendance. Alderman Bill Bonjour was absent.
The previous meeting’s minutes and financial report were approved unanimously before the council reviewed the fire and police reports.
Police reports from the previous two months were presented with three total citations issued including two speeding and one light law violation in the April 9 report. The report also included one arrest. For the May 14 report, a total of seven citations were issued including five speeding, one failure to exercise due care and one financial responsibility citation. The May 14 report included two total arrests.
The Elkton Fire Department’s monthly report listed two structure fires, five motor vehicle accidents, two service calls for citizen assistance and one false alarm.
The council voted unanimously to approve the reports, as well as the financial report.
Cary noted that the recent lack of citations due to the pandemic could potentially lead to a budget shortfall as the revenue from those citations has been lower than expected in recent months. In the work session which took place before the called meeting, the possibility of amending the budget had been discussed.
Caldwell announced that only one person, Collis Mitchell, had applied to an ad the city placed in the PULASKI CITIZEN newspaper to cut hay and perform upkeep on three locations in Elkton. Cary, Blade and Sherrell voted to approve a motion for a lease to be drawn up for Mitchell to perform the work, so long as he agreed to service all three locations. Lathrop abstained.
In other business, the board:
• Unanimously approved a motion to accept a $2,550 bid on a city truck from Jimmy Garner.
• Unanimously approved a motion to adopt a new hazard mitigation plan.
• Unanimously approved a motion to adopt a new animal control ordinance.
• Unanimously approved a motion allowing the Shockers organization to use the Elkton Park again in 2021.
The next scheduled meeting of the Elkton Board of Mayor and Aldermen is set for June 11.