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September 5, 2013

Spurgeon new mayor

The Centerville City Council Tuesday night appointed Jan Spurgeon to fill the mayor position left vacant following the death of Jim Senior.

It was a close vote for Spurgeon with Councilmen Jennings Dillard, Rob Lind and Darrin Hamilton voting for and Edwin Brand and Richard Smith voting against.

Jay Rogers' nomination for mayor failed by a 2-3 vote with Councilmen Brand and Smith voting for and Councilmen Dillard, Lind and Hamilton voting against.

In a related item, the City Council voted 5-0 to create the Jim Senior Memorial Citizen of the Month award.

The City Council listened to the third and final reading of an ordinance adding parking restrictions in front and side yards and then voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance.

Councilmen Brand and Smith voted against the ordinance.

Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry said the ordinance will have a cleaning up effect and is a "good idea but it's not a very popular idea."

The council thought they waived the third reading during their last meeting in August by a 3-1 vote. As it turns out, the 3-1 vote did not meet the not less than three-fourths vote needed to waive a reading of an ordinance.

In other action, by 5-0 votes:

• The Friday Night Live event Sept. 27 will have a beer tent. The musical group is Standing Hampton.

• A "Cry Out America" program and prayer on the Square will be allowed to gather to pray around the flag pole at 12 p.m. on Sept. 11. The event agenda includes scripture readings, patriotic songs and prayers for our local communities and our nation and should last 15-30 minutes. More information about "Cry Out America" can be found at www.awakeningamerica.us.

• The rules and regulations for bow deer hunting within city limits was passed. The dates for the 2013-2014 deer season are Oct. 1-Dec. 6 and Dec. 23-Jan. 10. Areas open for bow hunting includes the east waste water treatment plant, Bella Vista and private property when authorized by the owner.

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