By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
As one of his first acts as the new mayor of Madison, Jim Catron presented out-going mayor Judy Townsend with a plaque of appreciation for her past year in that position. He told her, “Your service has been exemplary.”
Catron took the mayor’s seat after being selected by the city commissioners t their regular meeting on March 15. The board named Commissioner Myra Valentine as mayor Pro-Tem. They unanimously agreed that Townsend should travel to Tallahassee to present Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll with a key to the city as a token of appreciation for Carroll’s participation in the city’s recent Military Covenant Signing Ceremony. Townsend was a part of that ceremony.
In other business, the board approved a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Woman’s Club of Madison. Jackie Johnson invited the commissioners to attend a celebration event on May 12.
The board also approved a payment plan for Monica West to purchase a house and lot previously owned by the city. West will pay $2,000 down, $300 a month for one year, and a balloon payment after that year.
The commissioners approved a quit-claim deed for a narrow strip of property on Alligator Trail so that owner Sarah Copeland may sell the house and land. City Attorney Clay Schnitker stated that he had found no evidence that the city owned the strip, so the deed was just a formality.
The board gave approval for the Chamber of Commerce permit to use Lanier Field for a rodeo to be held during Down Home Days in April with the stipulation that the Chamber should sign an agreement.
Madison Board Names Catron As New Mayor
By Ginger Jarvis