Lindsay sworn in as mayor
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
Roy Lindsay was sworn into office at the start of the city commissioners' meeting on Monday, succeeding Gene Hexom as Madison's mayor.
Roy Lindsay (middle) is sworn into office on Monday by City Finance Officer Jennifer Eimers at the start of the weekly meeting held by the Madison City Commission.
Hexom opened the meeting at 5:30 p.m. to conduct his last official business, obtaining approval of the minutes from the April 29 city commission meeting. After that business was completed, Jennifer Eimers, city finance officer, conducted the oath of office ceremony for Lindsay.
After Lindsay officially took over the mayor's duties, the commissioners reviewed and approved a resolution outlining the duties of each person on the board.
Lindsay's duties include supervision of all municipal public buildings and the lighting of streets, alleys and city buildings. He will oversee the work of the city engineer, city attorney and board of health and also represent Madison on bodies such as the area 911 board, community development organization, Vermillion Watershed District, Lake County Water Quality Committee and Madison Community Foundation.
Lindsay will also represent Madison on the budget and personnel committee of The Community Center, the First District Association, and Madison Area Committee on Persons with Disabilities.
Also in the resolution, the city commissioners divided their official duties.
Mike Waldner will serve as the city's public safety commissioner, supervising the police and fire departments. Waldner will also represent Madison on the area 911 board and recreation trail and local emergency planning committees.
Nick Abraham will handle the responsibilities of the municipal public works commissioner, supervising the condition of streets, parks and public grounds and airport operations. Abraham will oversee the the municipal solid-waste and recycling programs and represent Madison on the parks, airport and Community Center boards.
Dick Ericsson will continue serving as the city's utilities commissioner, supervising the construction, maintenance and operation of the water, wastewater and electric departments. He will serve on the municipal sidewalk committee and planning commission.
The commissioners approved a resolution giving the Lake Area Improvement Corporation the title to Lot 2 in the 2nd Addition to the Highland Industrial Park. The lot is a triangular piece of land located between S.W. 3rd St. and the railroad tracks.
They acknowledged that officials with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded the city's wastewater treatment program last week a 2012 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award.