By Michael G. Maness
CHESTER – The City of Chester received a pleasing report by Dale Clamon, the Director of Public Works.
Clamon said he did not cut anyone’s gas off during Christmas.
Mayor Floyd Petri and all the council members said they were glad for that and thanked him at their regular meeting on Monday evening, Jan. 6.
City Secretary Annette Hickman reported and submitted the upcoming year’s budget, which did not vary much from the previous year. It was approved with little comment, as was the liability insurance on the city and its properties which reflected small an increase.
Councilwoman Jeannie Johnson reported that the city park’s Christmas lights really looked good this year, and they would continue to improve park facilities. Petri would be getting with Entergy about the couple of streetlights the city pays for and that have been out for a while.
Clamon also reported on the gas meter reading equipment, how some of it is dated and due for upgrading. His foresight allowed the city to procure extra parts so that there was no emergency. After several questions, the sum was that they had about two years before they would eventually have to upgrade most.
The city is now running Windows 10, which was an upgrade facilitated by Petri’s son, Chuck Petri, which came at no cost to the city.
Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 7, which the city was using. Councilmembers were particularly elated over the fact the upgrade came at no cost, and Councilwoman Sandra Fails mentioned that other offices had done similar upgrades.
In other business, the council passed the previous minutes and the financials and Petri is keeping the Incident Command System training on the agenda.