Veterans Day added to Chico holiday schedule

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Patriotism was on display at Thursday’s Chico City Council meeting, even if the U.S. and Texas flags were not.

Following the invocation to begin the meeting, Mayor J.D. Clark turned his attention to the corner of the room to lead the council and others in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. The only problem was, the flag wasn’t in its traditional spot. It was still in the Community Center down the hall, the site of a recent Republican candidate forum.

“They’re that way,” Clark said, turning the other direction and pointing in the general direction of the Community Center before leading both the U.S. and Texas pledges.

Later in the meeting, the council approved adding Veterans Day as an official city holiday.

Clark told council members that since several veterans are employed by the city, Veterans Day on Nov. 11 should be added to the city’s holiday schedule.

“I think it would be a nice sign of respect,” he said.

In other business:

  • Stephen Gilland presented the results of the city’s annual audit. He said the audit was clean and that the city was in “a good situation.”
  • Next month’s meeting was changed from March 4 to March 11 because it fell on the same night as the primary election.
  • Action on purchasing a heating and cooling system for city hall was tabled in order to seek more bids.
  • An election was called for three council seats.
  • The council accepted the resignation of councilmember Sue Manning. Clark read a letter from Manning, who stated she was stepping down due to health reasons.
  • Two zoning variance requests were approved, one for a mobile home on Tabor Lane and another for landscaping setback requirements at Sherman Street and Texas 101.

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