Coin flip decides final seat on Henrietta Board

A flip of a coin determined the final seat up for grabs Saturday morning at the Henrietta Board of Alderman meeting.
Candidates Louis Long and Angela Moore tied other with 17 votes in the April 7 election. According to Ray County Clerk Lynn Rogers, it’s the third time in 18 years that an election in Henrietta has resulted in a tie.
The Daily News flipped the coin that determined Angela Moore the winner.
Also being sworn in was new Mayor Kelly Heber. Heber is familiar with the position because she has been acting mayor since December.
Also being sworn in for another term were Randy Russell and Teresa Duncan. Dustin Heber was also sworn in to his first term as a board member.
The new board then elected Randy Russell as Mayor Pro Tem.
The board said goodbye to Alderman Harlan Calvert. Calvert, a former alderman, stepped in last year to fulfill the term of former Alderman Tom Rush.
Calvert was presented with a plaque and a giant cake for his service. Calvert pledged to give further assistance to the city if ever needed.
In other actions:
The board approved the purchase of a new hand-held radar unit for the police department. Officer George O’Dell said the cost of the gun would be full reimbursed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The city addressed three separate water bill issues. At issue was one resident getting their water shut off because of a communication break down between city hall and the Salvation Army. The local church was assisting the resident with the bill but was unable to make contact with anyone at city hall. The resident was concerned about not only a $75 reconnect fee and a penalty. The board will review the penalty process in the next work session.
Other items for work session include a discussion of changing the day of the board’s monthly meeting and purchasing policies.
PHOTO: Former Henrietta Alderman Harlan Calvert accepted a plaque of appreciation from Henrietta Mayor Kelly Heber Saturday morning. Calvert stepped in for former Councilman Tom Rush last summer when he unexpectedly passed away. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)

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