The spirit of the holidays was in full swing during this week’s Kilmarnock Town Council meeting.
On Dec. 17, members approved terms for planning commissioners as well as changes to the agenda for future meetings.
Councilman William Smith, chair of the Administration and Finance Committee recommended to council that they assign Dr. Curtis Smith to the planning commission through August 2014 and Ann Towner and Les Spivey through August 2016. The commissioners’ terms began in September of this year.
Spivey, who had walked out on council’s public hearing held Nov. 19, apologized for his frustration with their “lack of proper parliamentary procedure” and complimented town staff on the “great job” they did in preparing for and cleaning up after the 34th Annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade.
“When I went out in the morning, they were cleaning at the time and the place looked like we’d never had a parade,” Spivey said.
Last month Spivey declared council to be “out of order” after he said that they neither followed the agenda properly in their handling of the public hearing on revisions to Kilmarnock’s comprehensive plan, nor did they allow the public to share their comments before members of council made their own.
Councilwoman Rebecca Nunn made a motion that town council permanently modify the agenda to ensure that the Dec. 17 meetings, and future sessions, comply with state law.
“We are bound by the code to follow our source of order,” Nunn said of the agenda. “Since we haven’t been following it, I thought this would eliminate some of the personal statements that had been made.”
Nunn’s proposed revision to the section preceding “Upcoming Events and Meetings, “ which was previously dedicated to council comments, would allow the town attorney to speak first, followed by the mayor, then council, and finally the town manager.
Council unanimously approved the motion.
In other business, Mayor Raymond Booth announced the winners of Kilmarnock’s 2012 Holiday Lighting Contest.
Shona and Steven Pacheco, of 430 Keith Ave., won first place in the residential category. Johnny and Kim Smith, of 41 Roseneath Ave., achieved second and Eleanor Trusch, of 9 Heatherfield Ct., placed third. Honorable mention was given to Brenda Scott, of 16462 Mary Ball Rd.
For the commercial category, Coldwell Banker Real Estate won while Dunn Rite Auto Sales/Randy’s Dunn Rite Auto and Carousel Physical Therapy placed second and third respectively.
Booth noted that Kilmarnock’s downtown received “very special recognition” from the judges of the contest.
“They felt that the entire Steptoe’s District just looked so great that they afforded a Judge’s choice for the entire district,” Booth said. “I think that’s quite remarkable that that was brought to our attention.”
Council will hold its next scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 28 to avoid conflict with Martin Luther King Day.