The Philadelphia Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 to begin advertising this week for applications for the position of police chief.

Alderman Jim Fulton voted no. Fulton said he wanted time to study the standards being set to qualify a person for the job. 

This was discussed and acted on during last Tuesday’s meeting.

Assistant chief Julian Greer was appointed interim chief, effective June 1, following former chief Grant Meyer resignation and is a candidate for the job. He has 27 years with department, The interim period was set at six weeks and Greer was given the authority to move the department forward.

In another matter, the mayor and aldermen approved for Forrest Bridges to restore the awning on the Bridges, The Venue building on 237 Byrd Avenue. The awning was torn off by the April 18 storm. Bridges explained his plans and received approval.

In other action, the board voted to:

• Approve the minutes from their last meeting and the claims docket;

• Accept the 2017 audit report;

• Approve an ad valorem taxes exception for Weyerhaeuser and to approve a resolution;

• Approve AT&T’s request for a road bore along St. Francis Dr.;

• Approve a request for the court clerk to attend annual summer conference. The city will cover conference fees, travel and hotel expenses;

• Approve the payment of $8,118 to Sam Waggoner Engineering for pavement rehabilitation;

• Approve two payments out of the USDA Rural Development account concerning the East Central Community College Diesel Mechanics school facility in the old U.S. Motors complex. Singleton Architects received two payments of $100,497 and $1,214;

• Set a hearing date of July 2 to discuss a rezoning request for property belonging to Willie Gordon at 214 Wilson Street from R1 to R3;

• Hire a contractor for the removal of large debris left from the April 18 storm; and,

• Accept a resignation from a street department employee and high summer help for the for the cemetery department.