Thursday, September 4
In anticipation of taking office on November 3, Mayor-elect Ken Sunseri called a meeting of the newly elected council members in order to establish communication and cover items they would likely encounter. Sunseri noted that until they are sworn in, they do not have any authority to do anything official, but they could start learning about the operation and needs of the city.
Some of the items covered included the city budget and establishing a five year plan to manage the purchase and replacement of city owned equipment, i.e. police cars, fire trucks, and street and sanitation equipment. The plan would also encompass personnel to cover retirements and other contingencies.
Long range road projects including the bypass and the widening of Highway 13 from Goars to the railroad underpass were discussed. Sunseri referred to several other projects in progress including a sewer project in South Haleyville, the purchase of playground equipment and others.
Sunseri stated he had been acquiring information and suggested the new council members do the same in order to have a couple of months to gain more knowledge before actually taking office. The high spirit and enthusiasm of the group was very evident as they began planning to serve Haleyville for to the next four years.