Mayor Daniels reports increased income, reduced spending by city of Miller

Steve Chapman

The city of Miller has $11,000 more in income than projected, and has reduced spending by about $25,000. Mayor Stacy Daniels reported the income and spending figures during the Miller Board of Aldermen meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13. Daniels also reported the city’s net income is currently $41,915.26.
Daniels attributed the income increase to tax revenue, but credited the spending reduction to careful use of municipal funds by city officials.
“I attribute our decrease in spending to our aldermen, our city clerk and myself being mindful of spending,” she said. “We are being the best stewards to our taxpayers’ money.”
During the meeting, the board voted to amend a city ordinance prohibiting the driving of all-terrain or utility vehicles within city limits, and Daniels instructed Darlene Parrigon, city attorney to draft a new ordinance allowing ATV’s and UTV’s to be driven in Miller. All state laws regarding the driving of ATV’s and UTV’s will still apply. The board also discussed amending the city’s nuisance violations ordinance regarding the storing of unlicensed and inoperative vehicles on private property. Before the vote, Daniels explained the amendments to the ordinance would require vehicles stored on private property to be covered, and there would have to be an active warranty recall for the vehicles, unless the property owner had a business license to keep the vehicles there. The ordinance did not come up for vote because a motion to pass the ordinance did not receive a second.
In other business, the board voted to purchase an on-call cellphone for use by the city’s Water/Sewer Maintenance Department.
“Due to the nature of this department, there is a need to have at least one person on-call 24 hours a day,” Daniels said. “Whoever is on-call will have the phone with them, so if there is an issue after hours, they can be reached.”
The board also voted to move the court office into the fire building. Daniels said it would also serve as a room for the board to meet in during closed sessions. As such, audience members attending the meeting will be able to remain in the fire station rather than leaving when the board goes into closed session.
Additionally, they voted to begin remodeling the city’s police office, approved a new employee handbook, and to purchase a replacement computer for City Hall.


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