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New Mayor of Junction City Setting Goals

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The new Mayor of Junction City is settling into office.  

David Winegarner has set several goals after winning the four person race for the Mayor's position in the April 9th election.  "Cleaning up the town, getting the old houses tore down, getting the ditches filled back up, trees trimmed off the roads, getting the community out and having a good time like we used to have.  We have a good team here now, I'm really having with them.  That's the main thing is getting our team together and getting the community back out and working with everybody," Winegarner said.

Winegarner announced at Wednesday night's meeting that they would knockdown old buildings for a few hundred dollars to help the owners get rid of them.  The amount charged will just cover the village's cost in providing the assistance.  The owners will be responsible for disposing of the demolished buildings.  

Winegarner says the board suspended part-time police officer Beau Frazier without pay at a special meeting last week.   Winegarner said the village attorney recommended the action be taken until pending criminal charges against Frazier are resolved.  That leaves the town without a police officer, something Winegarner says he doesn't plan to immediately address.  

The board was told their 2011 and 2012 audits are about half finished.  CPA Ben Stratemeyer reported they have found no issues with improper expenditures.  However, he will be in contact with several vendors to get more information on their invoices. Stratemeyer feels he may be able to get the state to abate a $300 penalty for not completing the 2011 audit on time.  Winegarner is not sure why the audit was not completed on a timely basis.  Stratemeyer picked up the work after the village's former auditor passed away.  The board agreed to have Stratemeyer complete the 2013 audit at a cost of $3,500.   

The board will consider appointing Brenda Albright to an open board seat next month.  Albright asked to be named to the position at Wednesday night's meeting.

The board appointed Board Member Ricky Boxx as Mayor Pro Tem.  

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