While Booneville City Council meetings are not typically raucous, Booneville’s two newest aldermen could not asked for a much easier transition into public service.
The January meeting of the council, the first for Arron Brewer and Robert Smith, lasted about 15 minutes last week and contained only three agenda points, two of which were in the form of thank yous to the council and the other was a no-show.
Tracy Frickenschmidt brought a cheese tray and thank you card along with her report about the Area Agency on Aging. The city gives $1,000 per month in sales tax to the Booneville Senior Center and Area Agency.
Frickenschmidt said with the city’s help the office provided 284 hours of in-home care worth an estimated $5,000. The office also helps with needs for the elderly and or disabled including devices to signal for assistance in the case of falls non-covered Medicaid or Medicare needs including cooling devices.
Mayor Jerry Wilkins also read a letter from officials with CASA of the Tri-Peaks which advocates for children who have been abused or neglected.
Wilkins said he recalled the first communication with individuals looking to establish the program and he believed the city was the first to contribute.
“I’m glad we go on board and continue to do our part,” the mayor said.
Wilkins said the city gives the organization $2,500 annually.
The no-show on the agenda was the hospital, who had expressly requested to be on the monthly agenda city clerk Gayleene West said.
Though not a first the meeting was also a return to the role as city attorney for Johnny Williams, who had been in the position for 12 years until Brian Mueller ran unopposed for the job. Mueller subsequently ran for district judge vacating the position on Jan. 1.