By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune
ARGO — The Argo City Council is down one member as of June 24. Councilman Ronnie Bowman has sold his house in Argo and tendered his resignation to the mayor and council at Monday’s meeting.
“It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the Argo City Council effective immediately,” said Bowman in his resignation letter. “I am grateful for having the opportunity of serving on the board of this fine organization for the past two and a half years; and I offer my best wishes and continued success.”
After the letter was read to the council, the rules were suspended and the issue of Bowman’s resignation was added to the agenda. The council voted unanimously to accept the resignation. The council will consider options for replacing Bowman at the next council meeting.
“I would like to thank Councilperson Bowman for the time that he has spent on the council and for the work that he has done for the city,” said Mayor Betty Bradley. “I wish him well wherever he may go and I just want to say that we appreciate what he has given to the city.”
The council accepted an estimate by Good Game to repair damage to the roof of the Argo City Hall. The money for the repairs will come from the Capital Improvement fund. The bid by Good Game was for $35,415 and came in below the $36,000 bid level. Good Game will use a method to stop the leaks in the roof by replacing the screws with larger screws and washers to shore up the system.
The council unanimously approved a decision to allow city employees, other than essential personnel, to have July 5 off in honor of the Fourth of July holiday.
In other news, Mayor Bradley led a quick discussion about internet service providers in the city of Argo.
Internet service is spotty and problematic in Argo. The mayor proposed starting a petition to give Charter-Spectrum an idea of how much demand there was in the Argo market. It is hoped that will lead the service provider to increase its presence in the city and meet the need for fast and reliable internet access.