After raising sales taxes, water and sanitation rates in November, council members Tuesday voted to do away with the long held practice in Weaver of granting half-price business licenses to applicants starting a business in the city in the second half of any given year.
“We did some research and as far as we can tell, we’re the only city around here doing it this way,” Mayor Wayne Willis said during the meeting.
Because the ordinance had not been discussed previously, the council had to vote to suspend normal procedure rules to change the ordinance. Willis said in the meeting’s work session it was important the council act Tuesday before business licenses would have to be renewed in January. Tuesday’s meeting was the final council meeting of 2012.
After the meeting Willis said it’s likely changes to Weaver’s ordinances will continue into 2013 as the new council tries to eliminate bad habits he said have kept the city down for too long.
“There’s just so many things that we’ve done for years just because that’s the way we’ve done them,” he said. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to make sure we’re running the city as efficiently as possible.”
The council was set to talk about further changes to the city’s sales tax and water and sanitation rate ordinances, but tabled the items until they could further review them. The additional sales tax and rates will still go into effect on January 1.
In other business, the council:
• Appointed a zoning and planning board. Members named to the board are Andy Nelson, Sheila Field, Keith Campbell, Terry Summerlin and Brad Campbell.
• Approved adding a public works dump truck to the city’s surplus vehicles list.
• Awarded the Spirit of Weaver with a citizenship of the year award.
• Appointed Councilman Jeff Clendenning as Weaver’s representative to the Calhoun County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Also Joey Conger, public works director, will be Willis’ voting proxy on the MPO.
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