The town of Dearing doesn't have much in the works for the new year, according to Mayor Ralph Menees. Although few changes are coming, one change will certainly affect the town.
This year will be Mayor Menees' last at the helm of the city council. He decided to call it quits at the end of his second term which ends in 2005.
"It's been an enjoyable experience, but it has been an experience," he said.
Out of his time as Dearing's chief, Mayor Menees feels one of his biggest accomplishments was the acquiring of the new city hall which was formerly a Region's Bank branch building in downtown Dearing.
He is also proud of the implementation of the sewer system within the city limits as well as the water system expansion in the area. He said these and many other accomplishments made the time he spent as mayor very rewarding.
"It was just a time of service," he said. "I felt like I owed to the community. Now I feel like I've paid that debt."
Even in his final year, Mayor Menees said a few small things can be expected for the relatively quiet year. Though much isn't planned, he said there's always a chance that unexpected issues may arise.
The city council may discuss the reinstitution of taxes in the city sometime in the coming year.
Also, the curfew on Eubank Park should take affect sometime this year. The recreation board decided to purchase a $3,000 gate for the park, and the sheriff's department will lock the gate at night and patrol the area to keep noise down.
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