The mayor said his top priority when he took office in 2007 was to pay down the city's debt, which stood at $6.5 million at the time. Now the only outstanding debt is under $2 million, he said. That is for the Memorial Ice Arena.
* Swore in three new police officers: Jeffrey Ellis, 32; Aaron Chapman, 25; and Tyler Dawson, 22.
"This brings us up to full staff," Police Chief Brad Rinehart said.
* Presented a plaque to the Rev. Robert Davis recognizing his 27 years of spiritual and community leadership. A mail carrier for 40 years, Davis, who is retiring, also serves as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Spring Hill.
"I thank God for having served here as a pastor and as a mailman," he said.
Also at the meeting:
* Council unanimously agreed to motions by Finance Chairman Jeff Means to buy $31,426 worth of office furniture for the Little Creek clubhouse bar area and $38,059 worth of furniture for the dining room from Custom Office Furniture Inc. of Charleston.
Both purchases are being made without bids under the state contract, Means said.
* Recreation Director Arnett Hoston announced that the new gym floor for the community center has been installed and is expected to be available for use on Sept. 16.