Mark Hale (second from left) with Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables (left) and his father and daughter.

The Geraldine Town Council is officially back to full capacity after its newest member was sworn in during a regular meeting Monday night.

Mayor Chuck Ables administered the oath of office to new councilmember Mark Hale who has been appointed to fill the vacant position left when former councilman Scott Tarant retired.

In other business, the council

Heard from Nita Stevens and Lorie Holder from Times-Journal about an opportunity for the town to purchase ad space in an upcoming special section.

Approved the minutes from Jan. 4, 2022, Work Session

Approved the minutes from Dec.13, 2021, Council Meeting

Adopted Ordinance 2022-01-10 on second reading, which gives the town’s eight full-time employees a one-time pay increase of $1,500. The money will come from the American Rescue Plan Act funds, Ables said.

Discussed planning a community event this summer at the Geraldine Town Park.

Discussed the mayor’s recent meeting with State Rep. Ginny Shaver in which they talked about how redistricting will be affected following the November 2022 general election.

Approved roadside repair on Salem Cut Off Road.

  Paid bills totaling $25,103.69.

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