McKinney: 2013 best year ever for Berryville Community Center

Friday, February 21, 2014
Tim McKinney

BERRYVILLE -- Mayor Tim McKinney gave his annual State of the City address at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

"2013 was a good year for the City of Berryville because of the wise choices made by the City Council and the support of the Berryville residents and those that make Berryville a great place to live, work and do business," McKinney said at the beginning of his address.

One of Berryville's high points in 2013 was the Parks Department, specifically the community center.

"The Berryville Community Center had its best revenue-producing year ever in 2013, and continues to be the pride of our parks system," McKinney said.

The mayor also praised the Parks Department staff for adding cemetery maintenance to its duties in an effort to save the city some money.

Toward the end of the address, McKinney looked to the city's future, including the addition of a new director of economic development for the city, a position that will also include the role of being director of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce. Accordingly, the chamber will contribute $20,000 to the salary.

"This is a very competitive career field, but I believe what Berryville has to offer will sell itself to the right individual, as we look for the best fit to promote Berryville and help guide our city's future growth," McKinney said.

The application deadline for the position has been extended to Feb. 28.

"We hope to [have someone hired by the end of March], but we've got to find the right person for the job -- and make sure they're a good fit here," McKinney told Carroll County News.

The complete text of McKinney's State of the City address can be found here.

In other business, the City Council:

* Approved Ordinance 955, waiving competitive bidding for the procurement of property and building insurance. The council purchased property and building insurance from United Insurance Agency, underwritten by EMC Insurance Co., which has provided the city's insurance since October 2005.

The total annual premium is $38,422, and Jay Lee and other city employees compared prices with the Municipal League before deciding to continue to use United, McKinney said.

* Received the Berryville Police Department's monthly activity report for January, with remarks from Chief Dave Muniz. He said the weather had a lot to do with the increase in accidents, at 18 last month compared to 10 in January 2013. The report listed 24 thefts, which Muniz said included a lot of people having their prescription medications stolen.

* Received the City of Berryville's monthly financial report for January. The city received $106,217.04 from the one-percent sales tax, compared to January 2013's $104,220.12.

* Approved use of the Berryville Square for a Loaves and Fishes Food Bank donation drive organized by high school students for their capstone project, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Approved a proclamation from McKinney declaring Feb. 10 through 16 Ronald McDonald House Week in Berryville. The Springfield-area Ronald McDonald Houses have served the needs of 133 Carroll County families, 46 of which are residents of Berryville.

* Heard an update from Alderman Linda Riddlesperger on

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