The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 23, 2014

Carthage Council reorganizes

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage City Council has one new member after Paul McCoy was sworn in Tuesday as 2nd Ward councilman.

Oaths of office also were repeated by Mayor Mike Harris, and Councilmen Lee Carlson, Jason Shelfer, Kirby Newport and Brady Beckham, all re-elected in city balloting on April 8. Councilman Dan Rife was re-elected as mayor pro tem.

McCoy won the 2nd Ward post as a write-in candidate. No candidate had filed for the office, and he was one of five residents whose names were entered as write-ins. He accepted the seat after the other four declined.

In other business, the council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would schedule an August election for a revenue bond proposal sought by Carthage Water & Electric Plant.

The city-owned utility is seeking voter approval of $7.3 million in revenue bonds to finance water and sewage system projects. Councilman Jim Swatsenbarg, chairman of the budget ways and means committee, said council action would keep the proposal on track for an August vote. But he said the committee wants to hear additional information on the proposal, and on the CW&EP budget for the new fiscal year, before final action by the council.

The council also:

• Approved a request by Carthage High School to use some city streets in a 5K run from 10 a.m. to noon on May 31.

• Approved a request by Carthage High School for a brief fireworks display as part of prom events May 3 at the school.

• Voted to accept three external defibrillators donated to the Carthage Fire Department by the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.

Arbor Day

THE CARTHAGE TREE BOARD and other groups will join for Arbor Day ceremonies at 2 p.m. today at Columbian Elementary School.

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