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Boyd City Council takes on special projects

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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In a growing community, Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes sees the demands placed on the city staff to meet the needs of residents.

The mayor is asking his fellow council members to get even more involved in the community. Holmes recently tasked members with overseeing a variety of special projects.

“Each of the council members used to be a liaison to each of the departments in town,” Holmes said. “We don’t really do that any more.

“I feel the council and myself have been working hard the last two years to get more involved. But I want the council to get more involved in these projects they hold near and dear to their hearts.”

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Culpepper was assigned to the parks. His property neighbors the main city park. Place 2 councilman and veteran Tim Hammonds took on the task of getting a veterans memorial in the city. Place 3 council member Vince Estel will work with Boyd Police Chief Dwayne Taylor with public relations for the department. Place 5 councilman Gary Brown will be looking into the maintenance of Smith Street and working with the county.

Place 1 council member Letty Thome, whose term ends next month, was not given an assignment.

“It was a suggestion that I’d like to see us get more involved,” Holmes said to the council earlier this month.

After seeking clarification from Holmes on the direction he’d like to see the council go on the tasks, Culpepper said he envisions a committee of residents, non-residents and Boyd Youth Association representatives that would come up with fundraisers for the park.

“Can we build a pavilion? Do we need bathrooms or concession stands? We need all these things, but have to have people’s help to do that,” Culpepper said. “We have the vision. We just need all the A players to come in to help prepare a plan, and we’ll present the plan to the council.”

Hammonds jumped on board quickly. He said he’d visited several of the veteran memorials in the county – Paradise, Alvord and Chico – and made contact with the people that built them. Hammond said after he gets more information about how the memorials were financed, he’ll form a committee to formulate a plan.

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