Public hearings scheduled

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The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a public hearings Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. regarding many items, including the 2009-2010 budget.

Expected to generate discussion is the possible four-day closing of the Millington Civic Center, while the offices move back into the Baker Community Center.

Alderman Don Lowry said during the monthly meeting on May 4 he would vote yes on the first reading, but he had his own opinion about the Civic Center.“I’d like to go on record by saying I think we’re making a short-sided mistake if we do this,” he said. “I’ll vote yes (now), but I’m hoping on the second reading we can come up with something else.”

Lowry noted that the Civic Center is the “future” and asked if the city could look at closing the Baker Community Center.

Alderman Jim Brown said he also considered the Civic Center the “future,” but stressed that this year’s budget is not permanent.

“We’re not marrying this,” he told the board.

A second reading will also take place Monday night regarding a change in time for the regularly scheduled board meetings. However, the public hearing will take place at the regular June meeting.

The ordinance, if passed, would move the time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Other agenda items expected to be read and discussed include salary and tax rate ordinances.