Published May 15, 2014
By Patrick Lacombe, Journal reporter
Mayor Jim Covington presided over his final Council meeting Tuesday after a reception in his honor was held at the Harris Center. He had served the city for 22 years in various positions and was instrumental in many of the projects that saw Belton grow and prosper.
There were only 2 resolutions on the agenda which the council had to address, the first being a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a development agreement among the City of Belton, CVS Pharmacy Inc., and M.L. Flores Investment.
The second was a resolution denying ATMOS Energy Corporations request to increase it’s revenue and change it’s rates. Both resolutions passed unanimously.
Mayor Covingtons last official duty was to present outgoing Councilman John Agan with a plaque of appreciation for his service on the Planning and Zoning commission and his City Council service. Councilman Agan served on the P&Z for 9 years and then served on the City Council for 8 years.
Laughter broke out in the chamber shortly afterward as the remaining council members each donned a fake handlebar mustache in honor of Mayor Covington. The Mayor then turned the meeting over to the City Attorney to swear in new Mayor, Marion Grayson, and 2 new councilmen, Guy O’Banion and Paul Sanderford.
The new council was then seated and Councilman David K. Leigh was nominated as Mayor-Pro-Tem and the council voted unanimously to accept the measure.
Mayor Grayson then issued her first proclamation declaring the week of May 18 through 24th as EMS week in recognition of those who serve our community in Emergency Medical Services.