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VB aldermen achieve perfect attendance

Three Van Buren aldermen achieved perfect attendance for the council’s 2013 meetings, one completing a multi-year streak.

The Van Buren City Council met for three special meetings on March 5, April 29 and Dec. 2 in addition to its regularly scheduled monthly meetings, according to attendance records from the city clerk’s office.

Aldermen Max Blake, Johnny Ragsdale and Mary Ann Dodd attended all 15 meetings.

For Ragsdale, it was the fifth consecutive year of perfect attendance.

“The voters elected me to do a job and I want to serve them,” Ragsdale said. “I served 22 years on the Crawford County Quorum Court and only missed one meeting there, and I haven’t missed any on the council since I’ve been here.”

David Moore missed the regular meeting in February and Donna Parker missed November’s regular meeting. Teena Sagely did not attend the special session in March.

Blake, representing Ward 1, Position 2, is the only alderman on the council serving a first term. Blake was elected in 2012 and began his term Jan. 1, 2013.

Aldermen are elected to two-year terms. They receive $1,200 annually for their services, paid in monthly installments. Aldermen are also given the option enroll in the city’s health insurance program, at the cost of the city.

The council meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

However, the council will meet Jan. 27 due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Feb. 25 due to Presidents Day.

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