By Chuck Davidson
Five of six Chester City council members met Monday, Sept. 11, in City Hall at 6 p.m. and voted to cancel November elections to fill two positions as no one had registered to oppose the current members.
Board member Jimmy Herrington's resignation was then accepted and with board approval, Patrick Cherry's appointment was accepted and he was sworn in by Mayor Floyd Petri to complete Herington's two-year term.
The mayor has been appointed Chester's emergency manager to work with the state and Tyler County officials.
An immediate concern is to upgrade the emergency radio system which currently functions at a 50 percent level after repairs; this is part of the ARES which is used to facilitate communication during an emergency.
Chester does have one working antenna but needs another one and may need a new radio system. No action taken.
The city park's lighting and scoreboard needs were discussed with the decision to wait for the electric company to check out why lights do not currently work. Finding a compatible control box to run the scoreboard at the city park is also under way.
The meeting adjourned at 6:51 after a lively discussion on the reelection process for council members and usage of office space by non-official citizens.