CLAY CITY -- A new era was ushered in Thursday as three council members conducted their first meeting.
Guy Dickerson, Robert Freeman and Richard Sutton were elected to the Clay City Town Council during November elections and wasted no time during their initial meeting.
Immediately following the pledge of allegiance, Dickerson made a motion to elect Sutton as council president and Freeman as vice president.
The board voted 3-0 in favor of the motion.
But the new trio didn't stop there.
Toward the conclusion of the meeting, Freeman discussed his desire to see a stop sign added to the intersection of 4th and Forest streets. Following a motion by Freeman for the stop sign, the board voted in favor.
"It's a dangerous intersection," Freeman said. "It was kind of a bad place. As far as I know, no one has been here (there), but I've been close."
Town attorney Chris Gambill said the council has every right to vote to place the stop sign at the local intersection, since the area is within the jurisdiction of the town. If the desired stop sign had been at an intersection that included a state road or national highway, the council could not vote on the measure.
Both Sutton and Dickerson have served on the Clay City Town Council before
Sutton, 73, has also been president of the council before.
"I just decided to run," Sutton said of the November election. "But this will be my last time."
Dickerson said residents of the town had asked him to run again in November, to which he did.
"I enjoy being on the town board," Dickerson said. "I like to work with people."
Unlike Sutton and Dickerson, Freeman is new to service. The Worthington native has lived in Clay City for close to a decade and -- although he admitted he was apprehensive of running -- he's looking forward to his term.
"I'm brand new at this," Freeman said. "I'm going to try to help people out and make it safer.
"I know there are going to be good days and bad days."
In other business, the council:
* Unanimously voted to rehire all town employees, including six full-time employees and two part-time workers,
* Voted to rehire Gambill by a 3-0 vote,
* Received a review regarding activity for the Clay City Police Department from December. The council learned the department investigated three accidents, one break-in, two dog complaints, 17 criminal investigations, two domestic disturbances, four juvenile incidents, two ordinance violations, six parking warnings, 11 traffic warnings, five traffic citations, one traffic arrests, four vandalism situations and also assisted outside agencies eight times,
* Learned the estimated revenue budget for 2008 sewage operation was $300,000,
* Unanimously voted to pay Small-Wilson $55,641.20 for services regarding the town's future wastewater facility, and
* Learned from Midwestern representative John Wetzel the wastewater facility is near completion. Wetzel also informed the council it had close to $125,000 extra to use for other projects from the original estimated wastewater facility budget. The council then voted 3-0 to use some of that money to upgrade another lift station in town after sending a letter to United States Rural Development to inform it of the town's plans.
The council meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at town hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 7.