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Tool installs new council members, mayor

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TOOL–During the Nov. 16 meeting the City of Tool canvassed the votes and installed new council members from the Nov. 3 election.
Exiting Mayor Tawyna Austin received 132 votes while incoming Mayor Tommy Lawhon received 156 votes. Austin delivered a heartfelt speech stating that it has been a pleasure to serve first on council then as mayor. “We’ve been on quite the journey together, some of us more than others, to experience how we all came together for the betterment of our community and it was something to really behold,” stated Austin. “Last but not least, to the residents of Tool many of you I call my friends, some who are my family, thank you for allowing me to be apart of the city’s growth and your recent support means more than you will ever know. One of my favorite things to say over the past few years is, “We are a small city with big dreams. If you’re willing to put in the work big things can happen. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve you,” Austin said.
City Secretary Cheryl Odom swore in incoming Mayor Tommy Lawhon, returning Council Member Michael Fladmark and newly elected council member Mitzi Storey. Council discussed the appointment of mayor pro-tem to which Council Member Mike Dumont nominated Council Member Gary Sesito who was the current mayor pro-tem. Sesito declined the nomination stating, “I’ve been mayor pro-tem for three years” then urged other council members to step forward for the position. Dumont stated he would volunteer to be mayor pro-tem to which Sesito seconded the motion. The motion was approved with no opposition.
In other business, council:
• Approved consent agenda items, monthly activity reports for Oct. 2021 which include, municipal court, police, financial and expenditure, maintenance, building, code enforcement and animal control.
• Accepted a request by Kent and Rosemary Larsen of 2631 Jones Dr. to replat lot one and lot two of the Thomas Mitchell Survey in the Jones Drive Addition creating one 0.41 acre lot, one and another 0.28 acre lot, two.
• Approved the action to retain the services of Yeldell, Wilson, Wood and Reeves for Annual Audited Financial Statements as well as a quarterly General Ledger and QuickBooks review to be effective Nov. 16.
• Accepted a request by Monico to replat tract one and two of the F. Brown survey abstract number 93 creating one 1.91-acre tract, Tract 1-R and one 0.36-acre tract, Tract 2-R.
• Approved Resolution 2021-01 for The Eight at Tool, Inc. 501(c)3 to remove Makenzie Lyons as a board member and to expand to five members.
• Adopted Resolution 2021-02 for The Eight at Tool, Inc. 501(c)3 to seek any grants that do not require matching funds from the Member (City of Tool).
• Approved the ARPA Plan as submitted by the grant administrators.

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