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Sarah Lawson appointed new Mountain City judge

It was a mixed bag at last week’s monthly city council meeting, with a variety of topics being discussed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. One of the hot topics of the evening was the reappointment of several city officials. Long time employees, Public Works Director Bob Eller and Chief of Police Denver Church were both reappointed without issue, along with City Attorney Steve McEwen and City Recorder Sheila Shaw who were both approved for two-year terms. Shaw came into her position after the retirement of longtime Recorder and City Judge Terry Reece. Because of state laws at the time Reece’s two positions had to be held by different people and attorney Randy Fallin was initially chosen to take the judgeship.
Unfortunately, according to Mayor Lawrence Keeble, the city has not been satisfied with the judge’s performance. As a result the council discussed other potential nominations for the position. After looking at several options for selecting a new judge, Mayor Keeble announced that he had been in contact with Sarah Lawson, whom he felt would be a strong candidate for the job. With her official nomination, the board unanimously agreed on the mayor’s suggestion, and appointed Lawson to the position.
Karla Prudhomme and Barbara Coyne returned to address the council this month about the Chamber of Commerce’s decision on the Sunflower and Pumpkin Festivals. Having voted to take on the sponsorship and operation of both events, Prudhomme requested dates in July and October to close parts of Main Street downtown for the festivals. The Sunflower Festival will be conducted much as it has been in the past, but Prudhomme indicated that the Chamber would like to have the Pumpkin Festival downtown as well, considering how much it could benefit the downtown businesses.
Although little is set in stone as yet, the Chamber is going over ideas for the types and varieties of activities the festivals might include, especially for the Pumpkin Festival which has gone through several transitions in the past few years. The council gave their support for the Chamber’s action and Alderman Bob Morrison made a motion to allow the street closures on July 21st and October 6th from 9 am until 4 pm. Morrison also included permission to use Ralph Stout Park for the Pumpkin Festival if necessary. The motion passed unanimously.
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