By Emily Banks Wooten
T.D. Jennings and Kevin Arnett were both elected to full terms on the Onalaska City Council following the May 7 city elections. Jennings received 226 votes, or 44.23%, and Arnett received 175 votes, or 34.25%. The two defeated Curtis Dickens who received 110 votes, or 21.53%.
Zachary Davies was elected to fill an unexpired term as council member, receiving 262 votes, or 74.43%, defeating Kory Thomas Zipperer who received 90 votes, or 25.57%.
James W. Arnett was elected mayor, receiving 241 votes, or 64.44%, defeating Paul Laverty who received 121 votes, or 32.35%, and Bart Goldsmith who received 12 votes, or 3.21%.
The May 7 election results were canvassed and certified during the regular meeting of the Onalaska City Council May 10. The newly elected officials were seated, administered the oaths of office and presented their election certificates. Shirley Gilmore was reelected mayor pro-tem.
Council reappointed David Johnson as municipal judge, Greg Magee as associate municipal judge and Chris Thompson as city prosecutor/city attorney.
Resolution 2022-004, designating signatories for all city bank accounts, was reviewed and approved.
Council also approved Resolution 2022-005, accepting a proposal from Raymond K. Vann & Associates to provide administrative services for the 2022 TXCDBG fire, ambulance and service truck fund competition.
Onalaska Police Chief Jessica Stanton reported that the police department conducted 321 subdivision checks and 100 business checks during the month of April in addition to responding to 512 calls. Thirteen misdemeanor arrests and seven felony arrests were made, 130 warnings were issued and 98 citations were issued. The department drove 3,898 miles, worked 22 cases and served 11 warrants.
Onalaska Fire Chief Jay Stutts reported that the fire department responded to a total of 56 calls during the month of April, 32 in the city and 24 in the county, for a total of 93 man-hours. There were two mutual aid calls, 34 medical calls, four structure fires, six grass fires, five motor vehicle accidents, three assist calls and two landing zones.
Permit Manager Lee Parrish reported that 17 permits were issued during the month of April. The total cost of the projects is $325,132 and the total fees were $3,906.40. He reported that four 10-day compliance warnings were posted on properties for unwholesome conditions and that 12 inspections were conducted.
Library Representative Sherry Brecheen reported there are currently 1,773 library patrons, income in the amount of $529.25 came in during April and 62 volunteer hours were recorded.
City Administrator Angela Stutts reported that progress in the back of Oakridge Subdivision will be seen in the next couple of weeks. She reported that Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent advised that along with some ditch work, grinding up existing road and laying rock, the end result will be compacted rock roads. Stutts informed Council that volunteer assistance is being sought to clean up around the city sidewalks. She also reminded everyone that anyone has a road complaint to let her know so that it can be documented and evaluated.
Other business included approval of the minutes, payment of vouchers and acceptance of the financial reports.