City of Chester swears in new council member Charlotte Barnes

Michael G. Maness

Mayor C. E. Lawrence convened the Chester City Council at their regular time of 6 p.m., Monday, June 3.

After approving the minutes from the previous meeting, the council members approved the appointment of Charlotte Barnes to fill the seat vacated by B. E. Williams, who passed away the previous month from a long-held illness. City Secretary Annette Hickman gave the oath of office to Barnes.

The agenda item regarding employee raises was tabled by consensus to the next meeting, Lawrence and the council preferring to have all members present for that determination.

Councilman Vincent Incardona asked several questions regarding the budget. Hickman brought forth the ledger and explained numerous items. Lawrence noted that the auditors had no questions with the books, confident that any impropriety would have been noted. After some discussion regarding the movement of some recurring expenses into their own budget item, the council consensus seemed content to leave well enough alone.

The Gas Company budget seemed to be lower than normal, and most of the council members reflected their joy over lower gas bills throughout the rather warm winter season.

With a motion to adjourn, the council parted in good spirits.