In July 23 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
During last Thursday's regular meeting of the Jamestown City Council Mayor Brooks Bates appointed two new members to the city's park board.
The mayor has chosen former Jamestown Mayor Donnie Wilkerson, a teacher at Jamestown Elementary, and former Russell County High School head basketball coach Ron Bertram, who still teaches at the school, to sit on the board.
“These two gentleman are experienced and they've been very good to work with,” Bates said.
The mayor also said that Councilman George Ralph Garr was currently “working on something” that could lead to the expansion of the Jamestown City Park.
“I won't go any further than that,” Bates said.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• The council commended the American Legion Post #133 for the work they are doing on the city's Doughboy monument.
“They are taking charge of it,” Bates said. “They've now started putting the granite around the square.”
• Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs said in the past month his department has patched about 1/3 of McFalls Rd. and all of Montgomery Alley, where new gas lines had been installed.
“We've patched several and we're going to do a few more once we get them all located,” he said.
Mayor Bates said he expected the city to do some more critical blacktopping this fall as the price of blacktop has decreased.
Monies used for these projects will come largely in part from the municipal aid road fund, in which the city is set to receive around $31,000, according to Bates.
“We've got to keep some back for emergency, such as a pothole we can't get by,” he said. “We can't exhaust the funds altogether.”
• The city recognized the Governor's Scholars from Russell County, Alex Hoover, Cassandra Conner and Katlin Blakey.
“Our hats off to those young people,” the mayor said. “That is a wonderful program and those people really go through a vetting process to be chosen.”
• Bates congratulated EKU golfer and Russell County native April Emerson on her win at the Women's State Am golf this past month.