Hamilton council

New officials sworn-in, seated

HAMILTON - A swearing-in and organization meeting was held for the newly elected Hamilton city officials on Monday, Nov. 2.
The meeting was conducted in the old city hall building (now the Hamilton Police Department) to allow for a large number of attendees.
Former circuit judge John Bentley administered the oaths of office for re-elected mayor Bob Page and the newly elected councilors Scott Robertson, Matt Sims, Ross Reed, Wade Williams and Scott Robertson.
Following the ceremony, the council began its organizational meeting, whereupon:


Mayor vows a ‘double-down’ on drug activity

Hamilton officer Gerald Broaddrick confiscated five pounds of marijuana and an illegal firearm on Monday, Oct. 5, during a traffic stop on Military Street North. According to Hamilton Police Lt. Jimmy Pendley, Broaddrick confiscated another 3.2 pounds of marijuana a few months ago as well.

HAMILTON - City officials say local law enforcement will be cracking down on illicit drug activity in Hamilton.
During a work session on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page said there has been a “public outcry” concerning illicit drug activity in the city.
“My reaction to this is to double-down on our police department, which I’m doing at this time, and our effort to stop illegal drug sales and use in the City of Hamilton.”


City cuts checks for local schools

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton distributed $135,000 in special funding to its three local schools from its alcohol tax revenue during a meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.
This marks the third year for the city to make the donation.
Hamilton City Clerk Angela Owen presented the checks to Hamilton’s local principals, high school principal David Cantrell and elementary principal Keith Smith during the meeting. Middle school principal Norman Ballard was unable to attend.


Auditors say city in good financial health

HAMILTON - Financial records from 2019 show the City of Hamilton in good financial health.
The Hamilton City Council heard results from their Fiscal Year 2019 audit during a city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.
The audit report spans the previous fiscal year, which occurred during October 2018 and September 2019.
The city’s finances were audited by certified public accountants Leanna Jones and Aimee Gilliland of Riggs Accounting in Hamilton.


Watha withdraws Baby Street rezone plan after public opposition

HAMILTON - A Hamilton businessman has withdrawn a rezoning application after local residents spoke out against his plans to build an apartment building.
The Hamilton City Council hosted a public hearing prior to a regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 7, to hear comments concerning a proposal by local businessman Watha Williams, who was seeking to build a multi-apartment dwelling on a half-acre lot on Baby Street, which is formally known as 2nd Ave. SW.

City passes grease ordinance

HAMILTON - In a measure to curb sewage backflows, Hamilton officials have passed an ordinance granting city inspectors the authority to inspect grease traps.
At the recommendation of Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, the Hamilton City Council considered the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) ordinance during a regular meeting on Monday, June 15.

City ordering new garbage truck

HAMILTON - Substantial changes are ahead for Hamilton’s garbage detail.
City officials have given the OK to place an order for a new garbage truck. The new unit will feature a robotic lift arm that will be used to grab trash receptacles from the side of the road and empty them into the truck’s compactor.
The change will require all residents to have compatible trash cans. Most pick-up schedules will likely be affected as well.

Sanitation, street departments split

Hamilton Street Superintendent Mike Johnson discusses how the city will benefit from splitting its current street department into a street and sanitation department. Also shown is Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams.

HAMILTON - Street and sanitation operations will be divided into their own departments.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to divide the city’s street department during a meeting on Monday, May 18.
The division came at the recommendation of former Hamilton Street Superintendent Mike Johnson,  who says the two departments will better serve the city with a separate supervisor managing street and sanitation work.

Hamilton water manager requesting grease ordinance

Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams (left) discusses sewage issues with the Hamilton City Council. Williams believes facilities are not properly emptying their grease traps. Also shown are (clockwise, from left) Tami Lewis Williams and Gene Sanderson, mayor Bob Page and councilors Wade Sullins and Herb Winsett. [Scott johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Officials want to tighten up accountability for how Hamilton businesses and facilities are disposing of grease.
Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams appeared before the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, May 13, explaining the need for a local ordinance that would empower the city to obtain documented proof of how local facilities are disposing of their grease.