Council Focuses on Report

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Presentation of an annual report to the city council is required by state law.

Downtown construction work on the Riley Performing Arts Education and Conference Center and the Kress Building were highlighted.

The city's department heads each made a presentation.

"Our department does not require large contributions from city taxpayers, because we are constantly on the lookout for grants from various sources," said Bunky Partridge, director of homeland security. "So far we have been successful in creating dollars in over $2.5 million so we're real excited about that."

Police chief Benny Dubose explained the complexities of being a police officer.

"We write tickets. We work wrecks. We do case reports. We act as on site attorneys, marriage counselors, etc," said Dubose.

Don Farrar, director of community development, pointed out the effect his department has on the city.

"The Community Development Department participates in projects that will have a major, major impact on our community in the future," Farrar said.

Reports were also made by fire chief Tim Miller, Ed Smith of parks and recreation, public works director Monty Jackson, Ed Skipper of finance and records, and Maureen Lofton who edited the printed report.

Copies of the 2004 annual report are available to the general public by request at the mayor's office in city hall.