Council members met in executive session Monday night for the reasons of discussing personnel and litigation.

Aside from the executive session, St. Maries council members tackled routine items at their first meeting of the year.

Randall Saunders was selected as the council president. Mariah Dunham was appointed city attorney and prosecutor. Celia Sibert and Kriss Gibson retained their positions as treasurer and city clerk respectively.

The city appointed a new public works director, Skyler Harrison.

Council members opted not to change the ordinance regarding parking on Main Avenue after the wrong signs were ordered. Parking is not allowed between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. However, the signs say through 6 a.m. Mayor Tom Carver asked council members if they wanted to extend the time. Council members opted not to and suggested fixing the signs with stickers.

Details were finalized on bid documents to purchase a new ambulance and were approved by council.

Jesse Herndon, of HMH Engineering, said construction on the water and sewer bond projects were mostly on hold until after winter. Construction on Railroad Avenue has been delayed at times due to the wet weather. However, crews are hopeful to be working on it soon, Mr. Herndon said.

While council members met in person Monday at city hall, members of the public are still only allowed to attend via teleconference.

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