Gibson resigns from Clarkson Council

Brittany Wise Reporter

January 14, 2014

Clarkson City Council will soon be appointing a new commissioner following the January resignation of long-time council member Kay Gibson.

Gibson has served the city of Clarkson in this capacity for more than five years.

Though Gibson was absent from Monday evening’s regular city council meeting, Mayor Bonnie Henderson read the commissioner’s letter of resignation to the council.

Henderson said that Gibson, a local business owner, felt that her restaurant, Kay’s Cafe, needed her full attention at this point in time. Henderson said that Gibson may potentially run for the office again at some point in the future.

Commissioner Bob Vincent “regretfully” made the motion to accept the resignation, and made note of Gibson’s outstanding service to the community during her time as Commissioner.

The City Council will now be charged with choosing a Commissioner to replace Gibson. If no choice is made within 30 days, it will be up to the state to appoint a replacement.

In other Clarkson news:

- The city received a $3,000 donation from Clarkson Drug Store to go toward the soon-t0-be-built Community Center and City Hall.

The construction project has currently garnered $23,388 in monetary donations as well as additional pledges for electrical work, blacktopping, etc.

Engineer Larry Kahn explained to Henderson on Friday that site and foundation approval have now been received from the state, and final approval for the construction project is expected “any day now.”

- Clarkson received $729.62 in Area Development Funds from Lincoln Trail District, and commissioners voted on Monday to use these funds to purchase and install security cameras for City Hall.

Henderson made the recommendation for the use of the funds, and a motion was made by Bob Vincent to purchase a security system that will hopefully deter crime in the vicinity of the city’s office.

Henderson explained that a vending machine outside of the building was recently vandalized, and her own car has also been the target of area vandals in past months.

Police Chief Jeff King voiced his support of the move to install cameras, and added that the city “should be able to get a good system for that price.”

- Commissioner Scotty Gore updated the group on the positive progress of House Bill 124, which if passed will raise Clarkson from the rank of 6th Class City to 5th Class City.

The potential change would come due to a shift in the number of residents required for each classification by state law.