Mayfield mayor talks city sponsored events in 2021

Newly elected councilpersons Lauren Carr (left) and Johnny L. Jackson took part in their first Mayfield City Council meeting Monday evening. Both officials share a common goal to ultimately save the city money. Jackson wishes to tackle overspending, while Carr wants to help the city with grant opportunities.

Monday evening was the first Mayfield City Council meeting of the new year, bringing with it the results of the November election. However, before the meeting began in earnest, Mayor Kathy O’Nan touched on what she hopes to see in the new year.

Mayor O’Nan said she hopes for the return of city-sponsored events in 2021, and discussed important projects she wants addressed.

“I made the decision several months ago to not hold any totally city-sponsored events as long as we were operating under the threat of the pandemic,” she said. “I certainly hope, though, that the coming year is one where the city (can) again host Fourth of July festivities, Cruise-In car shows, and finally be able to carry out downtown food truck events that we hope to hold on the fourth Saturday of the month.”

O’Nan also mentioned what projects she wants accomplished in 2021.

Utilizing the city’s contract with Kalleo for information technology needs, O’Nan plans for the city to ramp up its “digital and virtual capabilities,” particularly for permitting requests, business licensing, and general day-to-day city hall business.

She also stated she’d been discussing with the public works department the need for sidewalk repairs and perhaps even studies on where to construct new sidewalks. O’Nan said she’d also been working with the city attorney on annexation requests, particularly north of Mayfield.

Newcomer Lauren Carr and returning councilman Johnny L. Jackson were also present for Monday’s meeting. It was their first official meeting sitting on the council after being elected in November.

Jackson has stated that his goal is to save the city money by tackling overspending. He had served approximately 16 years on the city council before, sitting on various boards, including Needline, Airport, Mayfield Electric and Water, and Housing Authority. According to the agenda, he now serves on the Animal Shelter board.

“It feels good to be back up here working for the city,” he said.

Carr has similarly stated that she also hopes to save the city money, albeit through grant opportunities. Carr is the project coordinator for the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention/Policy (ASAP), and has garnered much experience filling out grant applications. Recently, the local ASAP was awarded a five-year stipend of $125,000, totaling $625,000 after their application was accepted.

“Just excited and looking forward to what’s to come,” she said. On the agenda, Carr is listed as part of the Child Advocacy board.

Both Carr and Jackson took the oath of office in December.

O’Nan said that, though the council will logically not agree on all issues, they all have in their hearts a “commitment to work together to do what is absolutely the best for the citizens” they serve.

“To me, that is the motivation for every action taken within these walls,” she said. “We are here to serve, pure and simple.”

The city council passed the second reading of ordinance 3-20 to amend the current fiscal budget ending on June 30, 2021. The amendment allots for an additional $170,654 in public safety expenditures for the three new fire department employees, plus increases public work expenditures to reflect the new salt spreader in the amount of $7,192.

Johnny L. Jackson was the only dissenting vote, citing he hadn’t had time to review it yet.

The council also unanimously approved a resolution accepting the 10-year franchise agreement with Spectrum Cable.