JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF
COTTONWOOD SHORES — The City Council added a council member, approved the resignation of the city treasurer and gave more responsibilities to Mayor Donald Orr during its regular meeting July 18.
Cheryl Trinidad will fill the council seat vacated in June when Mary Ann Houser resigned for a job out of state. She was nominated for the spot by Stephen Sherry and unanimously approved and without other nominations.
The council also accepted the July 1 resignation of treasurer Wendy Gholson. Gholson resigned to accept a job in Granite Shoals.
The departure of Gholson, plus the continuing vacancy of a full-time city administrator, places greater responsibilities on Orr as the city prepares its budget.
In the meantime, Orr presented a plan for financial operations in which he would be designated as acting treasurer. The plan passed with a 3-1 vote. Travis Hockensmith voted no.
“I have a problem with a person cutting checks who is also signing the checks,” Hockensmith said.
During discussion of the budget, Orr presented a proposed $1.03 million budget, compared to $1.33 million for last year. Total payroll expense was projected at $516,000, up from $465,000 last year, because of the expected hirings of two city employees.
Also during the meeting, the city will not proceed with a rezoning request from Living Love Animal Rescue, which was seeking rezoning to develop an animal shelter.