Council splits on Tahoe decision
by RACHEL DAVIS
May 16, 2013 | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA The Dora City Council split four to four on a measure to purchase a used Tahoe from the Hoover Police Department.

The police department had asked to use $10,000 to purchase the black Tahoe for the city’s canine unit to use.

“I just think we have too many vehicles,” council member George Sides Jr., who voted against the measure, said.

Other members said they voted against the measure because of concerns about the city’s finances.

“We don’t have a good idea of our income and outcome, and it looks like we’re going to have to buy a garbage truck. Are we spending faster than we’re making it?” council member Richard Lovelady asked.

Hezikiah Walker, who also voted against buying the vehicle, said he too was concerned that the city was spending money too quickly.

Council member Betty Sanders also voted against the purchase. Mayor Randy Stephens, Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Thomas and council members Clyde Nix and Robbie Busby voted in favor of the purchase.

In other business:

• The city’s golf course reported a good month for April, including 42 new members who came with new manager Don Cummings from River Bend Golf Course.

• The council approved a Park Day to be held on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dora City Park. The event will be open to all children in the city and will have inflatables, a train ride and other kid-friendly activities. There will be no cost to attend. Three companies provide bids for the entertainment, but the mayor and council chose the lowest bidder, Horse Creek Fun, to provide the rides and activities for a fee of approximately $1,000. Council member Robbie Busby abstained from the vote.

• The council tabled an item that would have added additional cameras to the city’s security system until a later date.

• The council agreed to take bids on the current city car, a Crown Victoria. It is in need of repairs that the council believes would be cost prohibitive, given the age and value of the vehicle.

• The council approved the purchase of new reflective shirts for the city’s street department employees, as well as funds to repair an oil leak on the city’s garbage truck.