City council hits ground running after April break
It was a busy hour with much information discussed during the monthly city council meeting on Monday, May 11, after COVID-19 prevented the April meeting. The May meeting was held at the M.B. Ainley, Jr. Community Center. The panel and the audience observed physical distancing on the gym floor with Mayor Greg Ahrent, City Clerk J’Anna Couch, City Attorney Alex Bigger and councilmen, Terry Masterson, Ray Vannoy, Randall Godwin and Trent McKinney present. After usual preliminaries of the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, roll call and approval of the expense report, purchase orders and bills and since there was no old business due to the pandemic, the council moved on to New Business. The first item on the agenda was the baseball and softball season and the safety of the public due to the threat of COVID-19 at the ball complex. Representing the baseball and softball teams were Jesse Wright, James Varvil and RayeLynn Luce. The mayor began, “I really, I think June 1st before we play, we still got a lot of work to do in terms of getting ready.” Mayor Ahrent explained that his grandson played baseball in Sikeston at a baseball complex and they had removed the bleachers. The only people that were allowed to attend were parents, who brought their own chairs; siblings and grandparents were not allowed to attend.
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