James Harris

New Kimberly City Council member James Harris participated in his first council meeting on May 28. 

KIMBERLY—The Kimberly City Council fielded a new member last Tuesday night in City Hall.

James Harris has filled the planning and zoning seat left by Jeff Gilliland, who stepped down from his position in April. Mayor Bob Ellerbrock announced Gilliland’s exit on April 22: “Jeff wanted to let everyone know that he enjoyed his time here, but it just wasn’t working out—didn’t feel like he could dedicate the time with his new schedule. I think he did a great job while he was here and I have expressed my hope that he will stay involved in the city because he’s a great guy and has a lot to contribute.”

In other business, the council also:

• heard from a member of the senior center about finding a bus driver to handle pickups on Wednesday mornings. The council has cleared Tommy Poe to fill that opening, pending an insurance approval.

• voted to purchase ($1,677) a used transmission for the police department’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, which was out of commission at the time of the meeting last Tuesday night.

• passed an ordinance to prevent through trucks on Stouts Road and Kimberly Cut Off Road. The section of road has recently seen an increase in traffic, due to detours in the area. “We talked to the county, it is a county road, but they did advise that we could create the ordinance as long as we enforced it,” said council member Duane Whatley.

• approved a proposal from MTM Engineers for the on-site sewage work on Kimberly’s community safe room. Funding for the project is provided by a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

• agreed to cover the cost ($827) to send Police Chief Ricky Pridmore to a summer training conference.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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