The Bear Creek City Council met Monday evening. All members were present.
The first item of business was the appointment of Jack Fleming to the vacant seat on the Bear Creek City Council. Fleming will fill the seat for Place 5 vacated after the death of Larry McGee. Fleming was sworn in by Judge Mark Hammitte.
Next, the council reviewed and approved the minutes from the previous regular session council meeting and the special-called meeting. Kenneth Brooks then made a proposal to the council to upgrade all water lines in the downtown area to six inches and to add fire hydrants to the area. The cost listed in his proposal also includes the cost of street repaving in the affected areas. The council approved the proposal and agreed to pay the match money for the project.
Then, the council discussed purchasing a new tanker truck for the Bear Creek Fire Department. Oxford currently has a 2000 International Tanker listed on the state purchasing website with a current bid of $14,000 . The department currently has a 1972 tanker, and the council agrees a new tanker truck is needed at this time. Councilman James Loden will go look at the truck and will request a special called council meeting if he believes it would be beneficial for the town. Councilman Chris Gillum proposed holiday pay for all police officers for the upcoming July 4th holiday, and the motion passed unanimously.
Finally, a motion was made to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to propose a tax on natural gas and propane. This will be discussed at the next meeting which will be held at the Bear Creek City Hall on July 15th at 6:00 p.m.