Mayor takes oath, council approves appointments
Saturday, 23 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
Recently re-elected Mayor Jim Covington made it official at Tuesday's regularly scheduled City Council meeting at the Harris Community Center.
Although Mayor Pro-Tem and councilmember John Agan were sworn in at the last meeting in May, Covington wasn't in attendance and received his oath of office on Tuesday.
After the mayor took his oath, the City Council got busy, approving several board recommendations.
The highlight of the board recommendations, was the creation of a committee to develop policies for naming/renaming city streets. This committee came about after the Belton African American Churches United group asked the council to consider renaming 2nd Avenue as Martin Luther King Jr.
The council unanimously approved the committee, which will consist of Wayne Carpenter (City Councilmember), Larry Guess (Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission), Rev. H.E. Jackson Jr. (BAACU), Robert Atmar (BISD Superintendent representative), Stephanie O'Banion (Chamber of Commerce), Connie Demerson (citizen) and Adam Lucksinger (Business representative).
The council also approved the nominations to the Ethics Commission. Those appointments include Brett Turner, Robert Jones, Milissa Mondrik, Mark Fitzwater, Larry Pointer, Dennis Turk and Eric Banfield.
Barry Harper was approved to fill the unexpired term of Robert Dominguez Jr. on the Belton Economic Development Corporation Board. Dan Kirkley, Frank Minosky, Ben Pamplin and Matt Wood were reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission for additional two-year terms and the appointment of Joe Berryman to replace Jeff Pustka.
Josh Pearson and Daniel Bucher were appointed to the Parks Board for two-year terms as Joe Brooks and Jim Deeken chose not to seek reappointment.
The Council ended the meeting with a Drainage Fund budget workshop and the Fiscal Year 2013-18 Strategic Plan.