Aldermen honor the late Joe Griffin

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Ackerman Board of Aldermen and Mayor Dick Cain presented Lenore Griffin and son Josh Griffin with a resolution honoring the late Joe Griffin for his 30 plus years of dedicated service to the Town of Ackerman. The resolution states Griffin, “had diligently and zealously served as the attorney for the Town of Ackerman” for 30 plus years. It also states, “through his presence, wisdom and ability had rendered incalculable service to the elected officials of the Town of Ackerman, and its citizenry…” Lenore Griffin thanked the board and said Joe loved government law. “He felt like he was serving not just you individually but he citizens in the community,” said Lenore. On a different matter, the board discussed changing the current Noise Ordinance penalties to include first, second and third offenses. The current ordinance states that the penalty will be no more than $500 dollars. The board agreed to change the penalties to: First offense pays $100 fine, Second offense pays $200 fine and Third offense pays $500fFine. The board will approve the change in their June meeting. Mike Brasher, Public Works director, informed the board of updates needed at the girls’ softball field at the Tom Glasgow Park. He said the Ackerman High School Softball coach would like to move the outfield fence back to make the field a regulated field. This would involve moving two light poles. Brasher said they would also like to replace the visitor’s dugout and build a walking track around the field. Brasher said he has funds in his park budget to do some of the updates. He plans to bring estimated costs for the projects to the board next month. He also said there are other beautification projects that he would like to do at the park to make it better for the town and citizens. Cain agreed, “Ya’ll know athletics brings more visitors to the town than anything else.” No action was taken. The board also discussed waiving the required 60 day waiting period to offer health insurance to town employees. The board agreed to waive the waiting period but will wait to approve the amended personnel policy after the change is made. The Board of Aldermen approved: To adopt the proposed redistricting plan, map and legal description. Resolution to file an application for a 2012 CDBG grant. Agreement for application preparation with Sample, Hicks and Associations for $5,000 to be paid if the town receives funding. To hire high school aged summer help. Must be at least 16 years old. To appoint Calvin Jones to the Prairie Opportunity Board. To remove fixed assets. To spend $900 as the required 30 percent matching funds on an economic development grant for $3,000 to purchase new Christmas lighting. To send letters to three separate properties-268 Commerce Street, 275 N. Commerce Street and 167 Chester Street- requesting the property owners to clean up their property. Placing two speed bumps on Gaston Street in a 4-1 vote with Ward 4 Dale Reid voting against it. Ward 3 George Rooks made the motion with a second from Alderman at Large Barney Phelps.