Monday night at the Gordon City Council Meeting former mayor Pat Sublett passed the gavel to Mayor Lillie Petty as he retired from the board. He was presented with a gift in appreciation of his serving on the board for 26 years, the last ten as mayor. Cake and refreshments were served.
Sworn in as the new mayor of Gordon was Lillie Petty with Betty Allison and Jack Coleman taking the oath of office to serve as new board members. Current board members Will Ed Hopper and Gene Wright were both present at the meeting. Jack Coleman was elected by the board to serve as mayor pro-tem.
During the meeting discussion was held about the possibility of purchasing the two-story building at the end of Main St. if it becomes available due to delinquent taxes. It was suggested that it might be used to show movies for junior high and high school students, to house a monthly trades day event, or to be used as a community theater. Betty Allyson had done some research on the building and it is the oldest building in Gordon built sometime before 1888. Concerns about the feasibility of making such a purchase were made by Gene Wright and Jack Coleman. After some discussion the item was tabled.
Another item on the agenda was concerning hiring summer help. The board voted to hire a high school student who had inquired about working for the city, to help with painting at the water plant during the summer.
Bids for mowing city property were reviewed and it was voted to award the contract to Stephen Nowak.
The board approved joining the National Flood Insurance Program which requires some paperwork and an ordinance but doesn’t cost the city anything. This would make it possible for residents in Gordon wanting flood insurance to purchase it at a reduced rate.