The council unanimously appointed Jeff Bullard, interim water superintendent, to the position.
“I have been here for eight years,” Bullard said. “Every time Jeremy (Harvard, the previous water superintendent) was out, I took care of business. Since I have been interim water superintendent, there have been shorter turnarounds on complaints.”
Bullard said he works closely with utility clerk Tammy Dorough and Councilman Frank Riddle.
“We haven’t had as many water meter rereads, and are getting our water loss down,” he said. “We have no leaks. When we get one, we fix it and are staying on top of it.”
Bullard said as the new water superintendent he will continue to give 110 percent to move Riverside forward.
“I’m ready for the new improvements,” he said.
Councilman Jimmy Hollander said Bullard has done a good job.
“It’s a pleasure working with you,” he said. “I don’t have a problem supporting you.”
Riddle said he has worked closely with Bullard.
“The town is in better shape than it’s been in three or four years,” he said.
Mayor Rusty Jessup said Bullard is doing a good job.
“We have had the opportunity to watch his work ethic over the years and we know what we are getting,” he said. “Jeff is a hard-working guy who continues to improve and increase his education about the job at hand. He will do a good job for us.”
The council also discussed the Morris Farms Property, 77 acres adjacent to city-owned property off West Main Street and Coleman Avenue.
“I just want to see if the council wishes to pursue this,” Jessup said.
The council had discussed purchasing the property and making a portion of it into a city park and possibly selling some lots.
“I like the idea of purchasing it,” Hollander said. “It is adjacent to property the city already owns. We can use it in the future, if not now.”
Jessup said he thinks purchasing the property is a good idea and will continue to pursue it.
In other matters Tuesday, the council:
• Announced the vacating of non-existent roads on property owned by Delbert Shaw is being advertised and a public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 immediately prior to the council meeting.
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