Dennis Anglin has never held public office before, but he’s looking forward to doing so as the newest member of the Town Council here. Anglin, 62, was sworn in Monday night prior to the council meeting to serve out the remaining 36 months of the term of Councilman Larry Smith, who recently resigned.

“Just want to help out as much as I can,” Anglin said before taking the oath of office.

Ranburne Mayor Jim Smith administered the oath of office.

“I think he’s great. I think he’s going to be a good asset — he’s been an asset to the town all his life, born and raised here, I knew his mom and dad, his aunt and uncle, he’s a good guy,” Smith said.

Getting down to business, the council unanimously approved an increase in the business license issuance fee from $5 to $10. According to Smith there has not been an increase since 1993.

During the last fiscal year the town issued 70-75 business licenses totaling $350-$375 in issuance fees. The business license sales totaled $47,343.00 in the last fiscal year.

The council went into executive session to discuss Penny Morgan. Morgan is the director of the senior center and is considered a part-time employee; she was asking for health insurance and vacation pay.

“Basically I want to be treated like everyone else here,” Morgan told the council. Morgan said she has put in 10 years and works 30-35 hours a week.

Smith told her that the council would discuss her request during executive session.

“I appreciate the work, the 10 years you put in — appreciate the job you do,” Smith said.

The council will bring up the employee’s request again at the next council meeting.

The council discussed the recreation department’s homecoming parade scheduled for Thursday evening at 6. The parade will start at the First Baptist Church and makes its way to the Way of Life’s parking lot.

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