Alderman-at-Large Willie Jackson was appointed city street commissioner last week at the recommendation of the mayor.

The Mayor had earlier sought to appoint Rusty Holley, the current street foreman, as commissioner but that motion failed at a July 2 meeting for lack of a second.

It has been a longstanding tradition for an aldermen to serve as city street commissioner, but Mayor James A. Young said earlier that Holley had the expertise and experience to do the job.

By law, the board has to appoint a street commissioner but not a commissioner to oversee the fire, police and cemetery departments, among others.

In recommending Holley initially, Young said he wanted to "cut out the red tape" that had interfered in the past with the day-to-day operation of the street department.

In the past, he said, five different aldermen could direct the street foreman to do certain tasks.

After being appointed street commissioner at the Tuesday, July 23 meeting, Jackson said he understood the mayor's concerns about interfering in the street operation.

"It won't be a problem," Jackson said.

In other action last week, aldermen:

• Took bids for asphalt under advisement.

• Approved a $37,572.50 claim from Tyler Construction for work on the Northside Park log cabin.

• Approve an $837.48 claim from LPK Architects for construction administration fees on the Northside Park Log Cabin.

• Approved a $11,335.30 claim from Waggoner Engineering for professional services on the new terminal building at the airport.

• Paid the life insurance premium in the amount of $3.68 per month for employee Joe Mason due to a terminal illness and placed him on administrative leave.

• Hired Brad Crockett part time in the detention office.

• Increased the salaries of firefighters Johnathan Griffin and Brant Winstead by 30 cents an hour.

• Increased the salaries of firefighters Simeon Deweese, Nicholas Walker, Quentin Stephens and Jeremy Morgan by 10 cents an hour.

• Authorized that "No Weapons Allowed" signs be placed on all city property includes parkd.

• Appointed Ward 2 Alderman Jim Fulton as the city's representative on the Main Street Board.

• Took no action during an executive session dealing with an industrial prospect.