Council names Beard as interim

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The Lewisburg City Council appointed Public Works Director Buck Beard as the interim city manager at Tuesday evening’s monthly meeting.

Councilman Jerry Gordon made the motion to appoint Beard to the position, effective Jan. 1.

The council unanimously approved the nomination.

Current City Manager Randall Dunn gave notice at last weeks work session of his intent to retire on Jan. 28, after six and a half years as city manager.

Gordon noted that the appointment would give Beard time to work with Dunn prior to his departure, easing the transition while the council undertakes the process of hiring a permanent city manager.

“Thank you for the opportunity and the confidence,” Beard told the council.

His position at public works will remain open during the interim period.

City Treasurer Donna Park gave the councilmen updated budget numbers at the mid-point of the fiscal year.

The projected revenue over expenses for the end of the year increased from $430,000 to $650,000, due to increased sales tax collections and lower than budgeted salary expenses.

The increase is a positive sign as the city tries to rebuild the cash reserves in its fund balance.

Councilmen approved a $100 holiday bonus for city employees. Employees did not receive a cost of living increase this year as part of the city’s cost-cutting efforts.

They also approved a non-refundable $25 application fee for hangar spaces at Ellington Airport. Airport Manager Kent Stewmon told the council that there were 85 names on the waiting list for a space, but that some of those applying did not own planes. Turnover for hangars averaged one or two spots per year.

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