cancy, the City of Ulysses appointed a new City Administrator at the latest city council meeting Wednesday, November 8.
Luke Grimes was sworn in by City Clerk Sarah Britton as his dad, mom, sister, and niece witnessed from the public seats. Grimes was welcomed with optimism from each council member.
Grimes resume, according to LinkedIn.com, includes a Bachelor of Science in business and finance from Pensacola Christian College in 2021. Per the workforce, Grimes began as a crew supervisor for A+ Roofing and Construction from May 2015 to March 2020. Since, he held positions such as a search engine optimization specialist, acquisition analyst, financial assistant, freelance writer, and, most recently, a home inspector for Love Pensacola Property Inspections since October 2021.
Attempts to interview Grimes were unsuccessful as of press time.
In other new business, Marieta Hauser requested street closures for the 24th Annual Miracles and Magic Christmas Light Parade November 30 and Main Street Blaze December 14.
Next, city council approved a cereal malt beverage license for Los Paisas, a new restaurant which will operate from the old Garcia’s building.
Moving forward, a lease agreement with Grant County Bank (GCB) was discussed regarding the purchase of two lawn mowers for the golf course. A quote was provided for $44,399 per mower. Per the agreement with GCB, an 8.5% interest rate would require an annual payment of $21,206.28 over five years. Councilman Caleb Woods inquired about the decision to lease versus buy the equipment outright.
“If we’re going to do it over five years and pay 8.5 percent when we have the money now, why do the lease?” Woods calculated $7,500 in interest within the first year of leasing. Mayor Tim McCauley responded in agreeance with and consideration of Woods’s input. Ultimately, the council decided to table the topic pending further discussion.
Next on the agenda was an estimate for flooring in the back offices of City Hall. A quote of $10,228.53 was given by J and M Paint and Decorating Center. City council approved the item.
Lastly, bank signatures were approved for Grant County Bank, Dream First Bank, and Bank of Ulysses.
Due to Thanksgiving, the next city council meeting will be at 5 p.m., Monday, November 20, at City Hall.
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