A quorum for the Murphy Town monthly meeting was achieved around 7:00 p.m. with the attendance of Chairman DeShawn Simms, Paul Curry, Don Boodle and Eugene Dawkins. The meeting took place on November 8 in the office of Senior Administrator Cunningham.
Because of the late start, the members agreed that the reading of last meeting’s minutes would be by-passed so they proceeded to go over the financial statement immediately. The account for the side streets’ maintenance had a negative balance carried over from the last financial year. It was offset by transferring funds from the miscellaneous account. The Administrator offered to handle the financial budget so there would not be any minuses, but Mr. Simms said that he had already taken care of the transfer.
With the slow season coming up, it will be necessary to mow the side roads only once per month, allowing for a saving. The Chairman said that the contractors were explained the situation when they started, but Mr. Curry thought it necessary to remind them again before it happened.
The next item on the agenda was to resolve a problem concerning garbage pick-up on a certain road which is no longer accessible by the present garbage truck. After deliberation the issue was settled when a member proposed to hire a flatbed from Desmond Bootle to transport the bins to the garbage truck. It was agreed to give him compensation. The administrator asked to be advised at the next meeting of how the situation would be ultimately resolved.
Another expense that popped up was the cleaning of the town after the hurricane, an expense that the members thought should be reimbursed by Central Government. The administrator agreed to pass on the request.
There was a demand from Abaco Central High School for help replacing equipment that was stolen in a break-in. Mr. Cunningham advised the Chairman to find out from Dr. Lenora Black if a similar request had been posted with the Department of Education. The Administrator thought that it would be encouraging the culprit to replace stolen equipment each time it was stolen.
The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was scheduled for December 13 at 7 p.m. Mr. Simms and Ramona Bethel were asked to spearhead the Christmas Committee.
The Chairman inquired from the administrator how to handle the noise problem. “My vision of Murphy Town is that of a quiet, respectable community,” he said. He feels that commercial areas should not interfere with the peace of the residents living across the street. The issue of certain businesses operating in town without proper licensing was also raised. It was suggested that he wrote to the local Licensing Authority concerning both problems, with a CC to the same department in Nassau.